FN HERSTAL BELGIUM: The Israelis contracted FN to build them roughly 1000 of these dedicated .22 LR training rifles. It is purpose built with matching bolt. These were not fabricated from existing K98's in 8mm these actions, barrels and bolts were made just for this project. They were built on a FN single shot frame. These things are unbelievably rare and only a handful were imported about 10 years ago or so.I have seen these around occasionally, and have also heard of people making them from existing Mauser parts.
The bidding starts at $1300, with a buy-now of $1500. I think at those prices, the auction will only draw collectors. In that range a new or used Anschutz or lessor .22LR target rifle can be had. In my mind, part of the fun of an Israeli Mauser is firing it with a "real" cartridge like .308, so for me this rifle would get boring fast. Even for sentimental value, meh...these rifles almost certainly never saw combat, or maybe they trained a few IDF troops or Israeli kids. Given that it is a single shot rifle, I'm not even sure what the training value was.
As usual, buyer beware!
UPDATE: Apparently it sold for $1500.