Most people use eBay to buy normal things like jeans or concert tickets at cheap prices, but every now and again one can find a listing that is anything but ordinary. Since eBay began, there have been a number of crazy listings (some fake and some frighteningly real) which have caught the public eye. Here are 5 of the weirdest things ever auctioned on eBay, all of which sold or nearly sold for crazy-high prices.
After the 2008 Icelandic banking crisis, somebody came up with a brilliant plan to bring a little money into Iceland—by selling the entire country on eBay. The bidding started at 99p and reached £10 million before eBay closed the action for violating listing rules. The humorous ad described Iceland as ‘Located in the mid-Atlantic ridge in the North Atlantic Ocean, Iceland will provide the winning bidder with a habitable environment, Icelandic Horses and admittedly a somewhat sketchy financial situation’. To the disappointment of many, famous Icelandic singer Bjork was not included in the auction.
2. The Life of Ian Usher
People react different ways when they go through a divorce: some get depressed, some get angry and some sell their entire life on eBay. The latter option was taken up by Ian Usher, a British expat living in Australia who put his entire life (including his home, all his belongings, an introduction to his friends and a trial at his job) up for auction on eBay. It was wildly popular, and eventually Ian Usher sold his life for $384000, enabling him to escape Australia and all the memories of his marriage.
People often claim to see the image of Jesus or the Virgin Mary in strange places, but perhaps none so strange as a woman who claimed her grilled cheese sandwich (with a bite take out of it) resembled an icon of the Virgin Mary. She preserved the sandwich for ten years before selling it on eBay for an incredible $28000. The buyer, online casino GoldenPalace.com, is well known for their eBay publicity students and make a habit of buying the strangest items they can find on eBay. Luckily for GoldenPalace.com, the sandwich has miraculously never gone mouldy.
4. The pope’s Volkswagen Golf
With rides in the Popemobile to look forward to, former Pope Benedict XVI sold his battered VW Golf when he became Pope in 2005. When the cars new owner Benjamin Halbe became aware of who owned it previously through registration records, the savvy youngster sold the car on eBay for an astonishing 189,000 euros. GoldenPalace.com, who bought the vehicle from Halbe, then re-listed the car earlier this year to sell it again—with the profits going to Habitat for Humanity.
5. Justin Timberlake’s French Toast
At the height of his ‘N Sync fame, some fangirls would have done anything to get hold of a piece of Justin. So in 2000 one girl with deep-pockets did just that: buying Justin’s half-eaten french toast from an interview with New York’s Z100 radio station for $1025. It is unknown if she kept the toast as memorabilia or simply finished it off.
This is a post by Ashley Williamson. Ashley is a freelance writer and an occasional guest-blogger currently writing for Clear Internet. When she is not working she likes to travel and do yoga.