Looks like it ended early! Hope it wasnt the buy it now option. Normally when an item gets removed it totally vanishes from sight.
I think someone bought it, never know, they might appear here in a day or two?
Trick is to report these sales as soon as you see them. But i think that a seller could easily get round this as ebay lists...
Live animals or pets other than the exceptions noted here, may not be listed on eBay. The sales of the following items are permitted, provided that the seller guarantees in the listing that the animals will be packaged safely and posted via next day delivery.
Aquarium or pond fish, snails or similar creatures.
Lobsters, crabs, shellfish and other similar creatures that are live when sold but intended for human consumption.
Live insects, crickets and worms used as bait or feeder food for pets.
I think that they could say that an octopus is similar to a snail (being a mollusk) or that as people eat octopus it could be for (expensive) human consumption... unless Thamoctopus was on CITES!!!!