You won’t believe some of the things auctioned on Ebay. In fact, you could argue that what started as a common shopping website has turned into a web farm that houses some of the most bizarre, weird, or outrageous objects you would ever think of auctioning off. Just to give you an example, in the year 2000, someone tried to sell Iceland, in 2005 a middle name (or at least the rights to a middle name) and in 2010 someone else tried to sell a ghost (apparently, no one asked the ghost if he/she wanted to be sold…but that’s besides the point). And these are just a few of the items, just wait until you read the rest of the list. What started out as side hobby has blossomed into a multibillion-dollar business with operations localized in over thirty countries, and eBay boasts of housing pretty much anything (as long as it’s not illegal). In fact, do you remember our 25 Retro Toys That Are Now Worth A Fortune list, you could probably find some if not most of those toys on Ebay as well. So, are you ready to put your money down on some crazy items (hang on to your money, we don’t do auctions on List25). Then take a look at this post to see what other people have tried to auction off. From countries to body parts, these are 25 Strange Things Auctioned On Ebay You Might Not Know What To Do With!
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The original sign was sold for $450,400 in November 2005.
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's Volskwagen
In May 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s Volkswagen Golf was sold for $277,171.12
The Brazilian aircraft carrier Minas Gerais was listed in 2004 but taken down by eBay shortly afterwards.
A new species
A sea urchin that was listed in 2004 turned out to be a new species that was later named Coelopleurus exquisitus.
Water left by Elvis Presley
Supposedly in 1977 the King left some water in a plastic cup after a concert in North Carolina. Those few drops sold for $455.
Britney Spears's hair
After Britney Spears shaved off all her hair in 2007 it was listed on eBay for $1 million.
Yes, we’re talking about the language. The German Language Association put German up for auction to draw attention to the growing influence of English in Germany.
A man from Australia tried selling New Zealand starting at $0.01 Australian dollars. It was going for $3,000 before the auction was closed.
Yup, just one, single, measly cornflake. It was sold by a Conventry University student for less than $2.
A good time
4 Australian men sold themselves for a weekend promising “beers, snacks, and good conversation” for $1,300 Australian dollars.
These weren’t just any golf balls though. These four golf balls were swallowed by a python and surgically removed! They sold for more than $1,400 Australian dollars.
Another country put up for sale, this time it was because of the 2008 financial crisis. The singer Björk, however, was not included in the sale.
A cheater's sports car
The wife of Tim Shaw (a British radio DJ) sold Tim’s Lotus Esprit for 50 pence after hearing him flirting on air.
Mike Landa put a fighter jet up on eBay that he had acquired from the scrap yard. The FBI, however, told him that he could only sell it to an American citizen residing in the US and the plane couldn’t leave US airspace.
Unwanted brussels sprout
Leigh Knight of the UK sold an unwanted brussels sprout left over from Christmas dinner for over $2,000.
A middle name
In 2005 entrepreneur Matt Rouse sold the right to choose a new middle name for him. He received an $8,000 bid for “Buy It Now” but the Utah courts refused to change it.
In 2010 Michael Fawcett tried to sell a ghost but eBay took the listing down after 6 days.
Artist Michael Green put up a GIF inspired by the “Balloon Dog (Orange)” piece which was the most expensive work ever sold by a living artist at auction ($58 million). Michael’s GIF, however, only sold for a little over $200.
Arena Football Team
The Indiana Firebirds arena football team was auctioned off for nearly $4 million.
Haunted Rubber Duck
This rubber ducky supposedly made the owner’s child act possessed and “throw the duck as far away from his as he could whenever he got the chance”. It sold for just over $100.
Partially eaten Grilled Cheese
This 10 year old partially eaten sandwich supposedly had an image of the Virgin Mary engraved on it. It sold for $28,000.
Not just any advertising…permanent advertising. Utah resident Kari Smith sold her forehead for $10,000 as an advertising spot. GoldenPalace.com took her up on the offer. And now she has their web address permanently tattooed on her face.
The meaning of life
In 2000 a North Carolina resident put up the “meaning of life” for auction. 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.
A man from Florida was selling his liver for $5.7 million before eBay ended the auction.
After Ian Usher’s wife left him he put up his entire life for sale. It went for $300,000, Ian ended up traveling the world, and eventually he wrote a book called “A Life Sold”. Disney even wants to turn it into a movie.