What are some of the most bizarre things ever sold on eBay, do you know? This may not come as a surprise to some of you, but people have sold some really bizarre things on the site. Like REALLY bizarre. Founded in 1995, eBay is an American multinational corporation and e-commerce company that provides consumer-to-consumer and business-to-consumer sales services via the Internet. Every day, millions of collectibles, decor, appliances, computers, furnishings, equipment, domain names, vehicles, and other miscellaneous items are listed, bought, or sold on eBay. For the most part, they are all normal stuff…for the most part. But then you get those items, the ones that make you say to yourself “Who would buy this?!”. From a ghost in a jar and Britney Spears´ hair to New Zealand (the actual country) and an unfaithful wife, here are 25 Most Bizarre Things Ever Sold On eBay.
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In 2008, two sisters from Virginia sold their Illinois-shaped cornflake on eBay for $1,350. The winner of the auction, which lasted for more than a week, wanted to add the unique cornflake to his traveling museum.
Water left by Elvis Presley
In December 2004, water that was said to have been left in a cup Elvis Presley once drank from was sold for $455. The few tablespoons came from a plastic cup Presley supposedly sipped at a concert in North Carolina in 1977.
Ad space on man´s forehead
Web developer Andrew Fischer decided to auction his forehead as an ad space for a temporary tattoo. Fisher´s forehead was bought by a company called SnoreStop for staggering $37,375 in 2005.
Meaning of life
In February 2000, an unknown North Carolina resident auctioned “meaning of life.” His description stated “I have discovered the reason for existence, and will be happy to share this information with the highest bidder.” It sold for $3.26.
Guinea pig armor
An elaborately fashioned guinea pig suit of armor became the hit of e-Bay auctioning in 2013. The first final bid was a stunning $24,300, however the original bidder backed out and the item was re-listed on E-bay. The final bid came to $1,150.00. According to the product’s description, the profit was to be used by the Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding new homes for unwanted guinea pigs.
An Australian newspaper reported in December 2004 that a single piece of the Kellogg’s breakfast cereal Nutri-Grain sold on eBay for A$1,035 because it happened to bear a slight resemblance to the character E.T. from the Steven Spielberg movie.
Ghost in jar
A jar found in an abandoned cemetery reportedly haunted by a ghost was put up for auction by an Arkansas seller and sold for just under $56,000. The owner of the ghost was apparently being terrorized by the ghost in the jar and wanted to get rid of it. He stated in the description that he would not be responsible for what happens to the jar’s new owner.
Right to name baby
In August 2009, an unemployed mother of six from South Arkansas auctioned off the legal rights to name her unborn child. The “item” was eventually sold for $6,800 but the winning bidder told the woman he just wanted to help her and had no intentions of naming her baby.
Britney Spears’ pregnancy test
Auctioned by the Ottawa radio station Hot 89.9, a positive pregnancy test that allegedly belonged to Britney Spears sold for $5,001 in 2005. The test was found in the waste basket of the singer´s bathroom in a hotel in Los Angeles where she stayed with her then husband Kevin Federline.
In May 2006, a man from Brisbane, Australia, attempted to sell New Zealand on eBay at a starting price of A$0.01. The price had risen to $3,000 before eBay closed the auction.
Ian Usher´s life
After a heartbreaking divorce, Ian Usher from the UK was sick of his life so he decided to start over and sell his old life including all his possession, house and even his job in an auction. After an unknown bidder bought his life for more than $300,000, Usher used the money to purchase a deserted island in the Caribbean where he has been living a happy life since then.
If you want even more bizarre items sold on eBay, check out our second list here.
Casey Anthony´s Halloween mask
In 2011, a latex Halloween mask of Casey Anthony, an American woman accused and later acquitted of murdering her two-year old daughter, was sold on eBay for $1 million. The mask was described as “possibly the most frightening mask on the planet.”
Brussels sprouts leftover
In January 2006, a British man, Leigh Knight sold an unwanted Brussels sprout left over from his Christmas dinner for £1,550 ($2,100 USD) on eBay in aid of a cancer research.
The town of Bridgeville
In 2002, the town of Bridgeville, California, was sold for $1.77 million in an eBay auction. Originally, the new owner wanted to revamp the town but as it would be too much work, he sold it a few years later.
Virgin Mary-shaped grilled cheese sandwich
In 2004, a woman from Miami, Florida, auctioned a partially eaten, 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich that allegedly resembled the image of the Virgin Mary. The sandwich sold for $28,000.
Meteorite from Mars
There are tens of thousands of meteorite specimens known to science but just over a hundred of them come from Mars, which is why the Martian meteorite named Zagami sold for whopping $450,000 in an auction in 2003.
New sea urchin species
In September 2006, a listing for a sea urchin that appeared on eBay turned out to be a new species, later given the name Coelopleurus exquisitus.
In February 2004, a twin-engine supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable multi-role combat F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet was auctioned on eBay. The owner of the plane had purchased the jet from a scrap yard and he had offered to have the plane restored for a Buy It Now price of $9,000,000. The auction ended without a winning bidder.
The German Language Association auctioned the German language on eBay to call attention to the growing influence of English in modern Germany.
In July 2009, Dornoch Capital Advisors placed English soccer team Tranmere Rovers F.C. on eBay. However, as it was done without permission from the club´s owner and chairman Peter Johnson who later issued a statement on the team’s website saying that the team was not for sale.
Lunch with Warren Buffet
To raise money for a charity, a lunch with Warren Buffet is auctioned on eBay every year and it usually fetches a significant amount of money to the charity. In 2010, the final bid exceeded all expectations as an unknown bidder paid staggering $2.6 million for the lunch with the business magnate.
Golf balls eaten by snake
In January 2008, four golf balls were auctioned on eBay after being surgically removed from a carpet python that had inadvertently swallowed them whilst raiding eggs in a chicken enclosure. The story attracted considerable international attention and the balls eventually sold for more than A$1,400. The python recovered and was released.
Sending cremated remains to space
In November 2013, an anonymous Russian placed an offer to send cremated remains into Earth orbit to the International Space Station saying his close relative at the Baikonur Cosmodrome would pack the urn with personal belongings of one of the Russian cosmonauts and send it within the Progress spacecraft to the ISS. Next, through a waste gateway, the urn would be released into space to Earth’s orbit.
Britney Spears´s hair
After Britney Spears went on one of her rants resulting in all of her hair being cut off, the salon put her hair on eBay in hopes of making a quick fortune as they set the starting bid at $1 million. However, due to eBay’s policy, the auction was removed.
In May 2008, Paul Osborn from the United Kingdom listed his wife Sharon for sale on eBay, alleging that she had an affair with a coworker.