Thanks to the Internet and online shopping websites like eBay, everyone has the opportunity to either earn some money by putting items they no longer need up for auction or to purchase quite interesting and uncommon things for an affordable amount of money.
But, such sites have also enabled the sale of some rather unusual and simply bizarre stuff for unexpectedly high prices. Take a look at our list of the most absurd auctions on eBay.
10A Man Sold Ad Space on His Forehead
A man named Andrew Fisher listed a quite uncommon item on eBay – his own forehead. As the professional web designer explained, for a whole month, he would tattoo a brand logo with temporary ink on his forehead.
Fisher’s listing started a bidding war and eventually, ‘SnoreStop,’ an anti-snoring product won the auction. The price reached a whopping $37,375.
9French Toast Eaten by Justin Timberlake
In 2000, a French toast that Justin Timberlake started, but did not finish eating after an interview for one radio station in NYC, was auctioned for $1,025. It was the DJ who listed the toast for sale, only to be bought by a die-hard fan that was 19 years old at the time.
8A Town in California
The Lapple family were the owners of a tiny town named Bridgeville inhabited by 25 people and located in Humboldt County, California.
They decided to auction it off on eBay in 2002. $750,000 was the starting price for the town, but it finally reached a top bid of $1.8 million by an LA businessman. But, the sale did not end well, and Bridgeville was sold for $800,000 to another businessman.
7Guinea Pig Armor
Sean McCoy designed a metal armor for Lucky, his pet Guinea pig. Unfortunately, the poor animal died shortly afterward, so he never got to use it. Sean didn’t know what to do with the armor, so he listed it on eBay. To his surprise, the auction went quite unexpectedly – 47 bidders participated, and the armor was eventually sold for an amazing $24,300.
6Pope’s Hat Dorito Chip
An online casino that was popular for buying a grilled cheese sandwich which sported an image of the Virgin Mary had scored yet another strange deal.
Namely, GoldenPalace.com placed a bid on a Doritos’ Nacho Cheese tortilla chip which looked like the tall hat worn by the Pope. After 34 bids, the strange chip was purchased by GoldenPalace.com for $1,209.
5A Jar With A Ghost Inside
One man auctioned off a jar that allegedly had a ghost inside it. The reason for the sale was even weirder – reportedly, the man who owned it had experienced some strange things and said that the jar was haunting him.
The seller disclaimed any responsibilities if the “ghost” was released from the jar. The final bid amounted to $55,000. However, the jar was never sold, as the winning bidder did not pay for it.
4Justin Bieber’s Hair Clipping
In 2011, Justin Bieber’s hair clippings caused a full-blown bidding war when they were listed on eBay, and the final price was $40,668. The singer gave the clippings to Ellen DeGeneres when he was on her show, and Ellen then advertised them on eBay. The money obtained from the bid was given to a charity, more precisely to an organization which rescued animals.
3This Guy Sold His Life
Ian Usher was having a hard time, and he decided that he needed an entirely new life after his spouse left him. However, he also wanted to do something extraordinary with his old life as well, so he decided to put it up for action on eBay in 2008.
The “package” contained almost everything from his old life: his job, home, car, motorbike, and all other possessions. Usher even stated that the winning bidder would be introduced to his friends.
Eventually, the winning bid was an unbelievable $305,000, which Usher then used to start a new 100-week adventure and accomplish 100 new goals. After a couple of years, Usher bought a private island in the Caribbean, and he even managed to fall in love again.
Back in 2009 when Lavonne Drummond was pregnant, she auctioned off the rights to her unborn baby’s name on eBay. The first four auctions were closed by the eBay team, but the combined total was $41,000.
However, the fifth auction was not shut down, and it reached $6,800. The winner, however, refused to pay, as his intention was not to win the rights and give the child its name, but only to advance the auction.
1Meaning Of Life
A bizarre bid for the meaning of life in 2000 had reached a price of only $3.26. The person who listed it indicated that they have found the purpose of human existence and that they were willing to share the knowledge with the winner. Even eight people participated in the auction.