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Balloon boy parents say they'll sell balloon

Balloon boy: TMZ.com posted the video in which Richard and Mayumi Heene say they'll work with California lawyer Perry Rausher on the auction.

By Associated Press / June 1, 2011

A small homemade helium balloon resembling a flying saucer and containing a 6-year-old boy, is pictured floating thousands of feet above Colorado, in this video grab taken and released on October 15, 2009.

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FORT COLLINS, Colorado

A couple who two years ago told authorities their son floated away in a helium balloon have made a video saying they'll auction off the inflatable to raise money for Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief.

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TMZ.com posted the video in which Richard and Mayumi Heene say they'll work with California lawyer Perry Rausher on the auction. Rausher confirmed to the Coloradoan newspaper that he is working with the Heenes.

The Heenes' son wasn't inside the balloon when it floated away in 2009. Mayumi Heene served 20 days in jail for filing a false report. Richard Heene served 30 days in jail for a felony count of attempting to influence a public servant.

Terms of their probation say they can't profit from their story until 2013.

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