10 Absolutely Ridiculous Items Auctioned Off On eBay
Christmas shopping is always tough this time of year. Time’s running out, and you still haven’t got your loved ones that perfect, unique gift. If you’re still scratching your head, and you got them a pony last year, you might want to consider eBay. The auction website has seen a bunch of truly strange things up for sale over the years, from possessed bath toys to Hollywood icons. So if you’re looking for inspiration, check out our list of some of the best and strangest things that have ever been up for sale.
#1 A 10-Year-Old Half-Eaten Sandwich
Sold for a staggering $28,000, this was no ordinary grilled cheese sandwich. The owner had stopped eating it at the time when he discovered that there was an image of the Virgin Mary grilled into the bread. 10 years later, he decided to put it up for auction, and the rest is disgusting and very unsanitary history.
#2 Britney Spears’s Hair
The internet is full of people looking for a quick buck. And when Britney had her mini-meltdown back in 2007, shaving off her luscious locks, the owner of the Californian salon where it happened thought they were on to a guaranteed winner. They put the hair up for a cool $1m (as well as some half-drunk Red Bull and a lighter), but sadly eBay pulled the auction before it went too far.
#3 A Liver
Here’s one way to beat the organ traffickers: sell off your body parts before they do. That’s what a man in Florida thought when he listed his own liver for an insane $5.7m. Although it does raise the question: don’t you need that thing? Apparently eBay thought so too, and canceled the auction just as he was preparing the ice bath.
#4 His Life
Most of us have had a terrible day (or three), so we can totally understand Ian Usher when a really, really terrible one (his wife left him) made him decide to put his life up for auction. Everything must go, etc. The auction changed his life forever when he made $300,000, traveled the world, and became a bestselling author and speaker. We’re betting he didn’t regret that sale.
#5 Water Left By Elvis Presley
Some fans will do anything for a piece of The King. One item in particular, a plastic cup that contained a small amount of undrunk water from a 1977 concert in North Carolina, went for $455 to a particularly gullible fan. Really, how had the water not evaporated? Who had kept that cup the whole time? The facts really are hard to swallow.
#6 A Single Cornflake
And not even a special cornflake (unlike snowflakes, they’re not unique). Just a cornflake. Browny-orange, mass produced, and probably stale. A student from the UK, either very desperate or very bored, ended up selling it for just under $2. Hopefully he was a wise businessman and invested in a whole new box.
#7 A Demonic Rubber Duck
Reportedly filled with evil powers, the description for this otherwise average looking bath-time toy said that it had possessed his child, and that his child would “throw the duck as far away from his as he could whenever he got the chance”. We don’t know who’s buying creepy, possessed toys off eBay – someone who’s never seen Child’s Play, that’s for sure – but it sold for over $100.
#8 Unwanted Brussels Sprout
Surprisingly, the seller of the unwanted brussels sprout wasn’t a cranky four-year-old, but in fact a mother from the UK who had leftovers from Christmas dinner. Incredibly, it pulled in a whopping $2,000 in bids. Don’t tell the kids that they can profit from not eating their greens.
#9 A New Species
Selling rare sea animals is a dodgy trade at the best of times, but in this case it worked out pretty well. An unknown seller put up a strange sea urchin on eBay which was snapped up by an eagle-eyed marine biologist. Turns out it was a completely new species, later labelled Coelopleurus exquisitus.
#10 The Meaning Of Life
Put up for auction by a North Carolinian, it sadly didn’t sell for $42 but a measly $3.26. But if you think about it that’s far less than Deepak Chopra would charge – or most religions, for that matter. The successful bidder has never ulged to secret and has since mysteriously vanished. Probably to the Bahamas.