The Most Ridiculously Expensive (And Just Plain Ridiculous) Things Ever Sold On eBay
EBay is an amazing place where you can almost buy anything — and by anything we mean anything! We’ve searched through the most interesting auctions and found the best. Some of the items that have been put up for auction on the website will be funny, fascinating, and others…well, they’re just plain weird. So if you’re looking for the most ridiculous and expensive things that have ever been purchased on eBay, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out what they are, where they came from and how much they were purchased for. You won’t regret it.
1. A Martian Meteorite
There may not be any little green men on Mars, but there sure are a lot of rocks. And sometimes those rocks come flying in our direction. A large piece of the Zagami Martian meteorite landed in Nigeria and eventually found its way on eBay.
The incredibly rare Martian artifact was put up for auction in 2006 and sold for the amazing price of $450,000. The meteorite piece fell to the Earth’s surface back in 1962 and for a long time was the most valuable space rock on the planet.
2. The Original Hollywood Sign
One of the most interesting items that have ever been sold on eBay is the original Hollywood sign that stood in the hills overlooking Los Angeles from 1923 until it was replaced in 1978. The original sign spelled out “Hollywoodland.”
The last four letters were removed after the sign began to deteriorate in 1949. The amazing and historical item sold for $450,400. The seller stated that he “thoroughly enjoyed owning it” but that it was time for someone else to have the pleasure of owning it.
3. Rights to Name a Baby
In an auction that could have gone terribly wrong, an Arkansas woman listed an auction on eBay for the highest bidder to name her unborn child. But unfortunately, eBay didn’t like the idea and removed her post… as well as her next three attempts to relist the auction.
According to eBay, her listing violated their terms and conditions. But her fifth auction attempt stayed up until the end of the auction. Naming her baby sold for $6,800 but the buyer didn’t pay. He was apparently just trying to help her auction because she was raising money to buy a new car for her very large family. We can only imagine what terrible name that poor child would have gotten if someone had actually won.
4. Ad Space On Someone’s Forehead
In 2005, a woman from Salt Lake City, Utah took to eBay to auction off her forehead to be used as advertisement space. She agreed to have an ad permanently tattooed on her forehead for a minimum of $10,000.
An online casino called GoldenPalace.com bought the rights to her forehead, using the Buy It Now option for $10,000. The woman had GoldenPalace.com tattooed on her forehead. But not without some resistance from the tattoo parlor, which reportedly tried very hard to talk her out of the whole thing.
5. A Grilled Cheese Sandwich
How much would you pay for a grilled cheese sandwich? Not much, right? Well, what if that sandwich had magical powers and was emblazoned with the face of the Holy Virgin Mary? Now that changes everything!
This religious grilled cheese sandwich sold on eBay for a whopping $28,000 back in 2004. And the buyer, online casino GoldenPalace.com, didn’t have to worry about their precious purchase molding because the sandwich’s magical religious powers prevent it from decay. According to the seller, the sandwich had already survived for decades with no mold.
6. Illinois cornflake
People just love things that are shaped like states (that is unless you live in a square state, which is just boring). One man bought a cornflake in the shape of Illinois for a grand total of $1,350 off eBay and even flew someone out to collect it, so it wouldn’t get damaged in transit.
“We’re starting a collection of pop culture and Americana items,” said Monty Kerr, the man who bought the expensive cereal flake. “We thought this was a fantastic one.” Other similar items started popping up after the Illinois cornflake, such as cornflakes in the shape of Hawaii and Virginia.
7. The Greek God Apollo
Some items that go to auction on eBay are simply bizarre, while others are simply amazing. An Arab fisherman found this item, a 2,500-year-old statue of the Greek God Apollo, while snorkeling off the coast of the Gaza Strip.
The statue showed up on eBay for the starting price of $500,000 (highly undervalued). The archaeological community was outraged and their requests led to eBay removing the listing. Word of the find spread quickly and local authorities confiscated the incredible artifact.
8. Honus Wagner Baseball Card
This baseball card is considered the holy grail of cards and continuously brings in the big bucks at auctions. One Honus Wanger baseball card was put up on eBay in 2000 and sold for a grand total of $1.1 million.
Only 200 cards were ever made, making them extremely rare. One of the cards was also sold via Goldin Auctions and it went for $3.12 million. Maybe the eBay seller should have rethought his platform for selling the priceless item. Seems like he could have gotten a lot more.
9. The City of Bridgeville, California
You can buy just about anything on eBay. The rules and regulations have gotten much stricter than when they first started but there are still a few things that will surprise you. You can buy real estate, but did you know you can buy an entire city?
The city was put up for auction in 2002 and was the very first city in all of eBay history to be put up for auction. The city sold for $1.77 million, but unfortunately the buyer backed out of the purchase.
10. A Life For Sale
This one may come as a shock, but one man in Perth, Australia decided that he would put his entire life on auction to the highest bidder. No, we’re not talking about some human trafficking situation; he was simply leaving his life behind and letting the highest bidder take over what he left.
The man, Ian Usher, had recently gone through a divorce and was looking for a new start. Included in the auction were his house, friends, job and car. Usher’s life sold for the final price of $399,300. After selling his life, Usher went on to travel, write, own an island and fall in love again. Sounds like selling his life was the best thing he could have done for himself.
11. Barry Bonds Home Run Ball
Legendary baseball player Barry Bonds made 762 home runs during his career and many of his home run balls have ended up for auction on eBay. Barry Bonds’ 715th home run ball sold for $220,100 in 2006. But that’s not the only ball that was sold.
Barry Bonds’ 765th home run ball was also sold and was auctioned off for a much higher price. The 765th ball sold for the huge sum of $750,000. Wow! Now those are some loyal fans that just have to have his home run balls.
12. Pope Hat Dorito
This item might be the most bizarre of all the eBay auctions: a single Dorito shaped like the Pope’s hat. The chip sold for an astounding $1,209 and was purchased by GoldenPalace.com, the same buyer that purchased the grilled cheese Virgin Mary and a woman’s forehead tatoo.
“In all honesty, the chip’s resemblance to the Mitre is phenomenal. We felt that it would make a prefect addition to our collection. It will fit in perfectly with all our other eccentric acquisitions,” the website stated.
13. Ferrari Enzo
The Ferrari Enzo is a rare collectible car. Only 399 cars were ever made of the model and the price of the vehicle just keeps climbing. One of the cars was auctioned off on eBay in 2004 and sold for the high price of $1 million.
The second-place bidder was only $55 behind the winner (he is probably still kicking himself for that) and estimates show that the value of the car today is somewhere around $3.2 million. The value of the car is expected to keep rising.
14. A Ghost in a Jar
People will buy pretty much anything, especially if the item is unique and/or possibly haunted. Yes, that’s right, haunted. One eBay seller put up a very interesting item for sale: a ghost trapped in a jar.
The haunted item sold for an amazing $55,000, but unfortunately the buyer never paid. The eBay listing even came with a warning to anyone who dared to open the jar. According to the seller, they wouldn’t be held responsible should the “black thing” get out and start wreaking havoc.
15. Lunch With Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett auctions off a lunch with himself once a year to the highest bidder. As one of the richest men alive, people are dying to spend some one-on-one time with him to pick his brain. One of his lunch auctions in 2010 sold for $2.6 million.
All of the money Buffett makes from the lunches goes to charity. He has reportedly donated over $25 million from the lunchtime auctions he does once a year. Also, it appears that Buffett isn’t a picky eater and still enjoys saving a buck by eating at Dairy Queen.
16. Gulfstream II
You can buy pretty much anything on eBay, including your own private jet. This specific jet, the Gulfstream II, sold for $4.9 million in 2001. That made it, at the time, the most expensive online purchase ever.
The jet was purchased by an African-based charter jet firm. Depending on when you look on eBay for private jets, you can find lots of jets that were formerly owned by celebrities. Celebrities such as John. F. Kennedy and John Travolta’s private jets have been sold on the website.
This yacht is less a boat and more a floating palace. It has just about every luxury you could possibly ask for and more. It comes equipped with a helicopter pad, glass elevator, spa, office, movie theater, pool, gym, adult and children’s cabins, suits, and a 3,000-sq.-foot master suite.
This epic yacht was purchased by billionaire Roman Abramovich for the low price of $168 million. Why do we say that the price is low? Because this watercraft is sold by the manufacturer for $196.5 million, so Abramovich saved a cool $28.5 million on the purchase.
18. Allsopp’s Arctic Ale
This eBay auction item should be a cautionary tale for all of us out there. One eBay seller put this rare, fully-sealed bottle of Allsopp’s Arctic Ale up for auction, obviously not understanding its value importance to collectors. The seller also misspelled the name as “Allsop”, which meant collectors failed to find the item. In the end, it sold for $304. But then the buyer did the unthinkable.
The buyer turned right around and resold the old bottle of ale on eBay. With a correctly-spelled listing and multiple quality pictures, the item sold for $503,300. We get the original owner is still kicking themselves in the face for that move.
19. Britney Spears’ Bubble Gum
No, Britney Spears didn’t come out with her own brand of bubble gum. Someone found her already-chewed gum and decided to make a few bucks off of it. But surely no one would pay good money for that, right?
Of course, they would! The pre-chewed bubble gum from the pop diva sold for $14,000 on eBay. It is completely possible that there is a team of scientists in a dark basement trying to clone Britney Spears as we speak.
20. Shoeless Joe Jackson’s Baseball Bat
Joe Jackson is one of the greatest baseball players of all time, and his bat wound up on eBay, fetching a small fortune. He was nicknamed “Shoeless” Joe Jackson for playing a game of baseball shoeless.
Jackson’s bat, nicknamed “Black Betsy,” was purchased for $577,610 on the auctioning website. The buyer of the bat keeps it on display in his work office. Read on for some more amazing and odd items that have been sold on eBay.
21. Justin Timberlake’s French Toast
If you’re famous, you had better be careful of what you leave behind or it will become a creepy keepsake for some superfan. Justin Timberlake learned that lesson the hard way when he left behind part of his leftover breakfast.
Timberlake left behind a partially-eaten piece of French toast and someone retrieved it and put it on eBay to make a few bucks. The leftover breakfast sold for $1,025 back in 2000. A young 19-year-old fan apparently bought the item as a souvenir.
22. Bandai Stadium Events
Even if you don’t have a plane or a boat to auction off on eBay, some common items around your house might be worth big bucks. In 2010, one seller put up their Bandai Stadium Events game (made for the Nintendo NES) for sale.
The rare game sold for $41,300. That’s quite a nice deal for an old game that had been sitting in someone’s basement, forgotten for years. The exercise game came with a mat and you had to actually run to play the game. Unfortunately, it didn’t do well with gamers and was quickly discontinued, making it very rare.
23. A Broken Laser Pointer
Have you ever wondered what the very first item ever listed on eBay was? It was a broken laser pointer. The item was listed solely as a test by programmer Pierre Omidyar, but then people started bidding on it.
Omidyar was actually just planning on throwing the item away, but then it sold for $14.83. The buyer claimed that they were a collector of laser pointers. So apparently he didn’t care that the item was broken.
24. The Meaning Of Life
Countless philosophers have spent their entire lives trying to answer the question “what is the meaning of life?” Well, one man in North Carolina discovered the answer, so naturally, he sold it on eBay. Because…. Why not? Might as well make a profit.
“I have discovered the reason for our existence and will be happy to share this information with the highest bidder,” the post read. The item sold for a total of $3.26 and neither the buyer nor seller ever went public with the answer to the meaning of life.
25. The Cursed Duck
This next item may seem like a regular household item but all is not what it seems. This eBay seller put up a “cursed” rubber duck for auction. And it actually sold. The seller earned a profit of $107.50 for the cursed bath-time toy.
According to the item’s description, the rubber ducky has the ability to possess children. Now, who wouldn’t want one of those? The seller also added that they were not going to be responsible for any repercussions the cursed item may cause.
26. A Grandmother
When children learn how to use the internet, you had better watch out. The same for when they finally learn how to use eBay. One 10-year-old girl in the United Kingdom opened an account and listed her own grandmother for auction.
In the description, the little girl claimed that her grandmother was “annoying” yet “cuddly.” While we aren’t certain what type of disagreement spurred the listing, we do know that eBay was forced to take down the listing. Because, ya know, human trafficking and all…
27. Unwanted Brussel Sprouts
One British man didn’t want to finish his Brussel sprouts, so naturally, he listed them on eBay for auction. Surprisingly, they brought in almost $150. The seller donated the money he received for the sprouts to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
‘They come from a pet and smoke present home, so don’t expect them to smell nice, they’re sprouts after all,” the seller wrote in the listing. “The winning bidder will be given the option to have the sprouts washed prior to them being posted (yes, I intend on posting them) but this is entirely at the buyer’s discretion.”
28. An Imaginary Friend
Some items sold on eBay may seem absurd, but what if you tried to sell nothing at all? One woman in London posted a listing to auction off her imaginary friend, on the recommendation of her psychiatrist.
“I have recently come to the decision that it is time to sell my imaginary friend Bernard who was created during a time of emotional instability,” she wrote. Also, it was stated that there would be no shipping fees as the imaginary friend would be sent via imagination. Bonus! There is no information on how much her friend went for, but a man in 2007 sold his imaginary friend for $2,750.
29. An Unassembled Snowman
Tired of getting your snowmen out of the box, already assembled? Well, one eBay seller had the perfect solution. They posted an auction item for an “unassembled snowman” and the starting bid was $10 million.
Now that’s some expensive snow! But if you’re craving winter, then there’s your chance. Granted, according to the description, all proceeds would go to a local hospice. Read on for some more interesting items that have been auctioned off on eBay.
30. The Doomsday House
This house can withstand anything that war can throw at it — maybe not the house, but what’s underneath it can. This house was built over a former silo missile base. The missile silo was transformed into a doomsday bunker.
The realtors put the house up for auction on eBay and were hoping to bring in some very big bucks for the unique and slightly paranoid house. They had expected to bring in around $18 million, but unfortunately, the house only sold for $2.1 million in the end.
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