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The 10 Weirdest Things Ever Sold On eBay

Perhaps you’ve heard stories of people auctioning off strange items on eBay, like the homely kid who put his virginity up for bid or the bald guys who offer their own heads as advertising space. But those are nothing compared to some of the items that have made their way onto eBay’s digital auction block.Here are ten of the weirdest things ever to appear on eBay. To qualify for this list, the item or items must have received at least one bid, proving the point that no matter what you have to sell, somewhere there is a buyer for it.

10. Item #191367029: The Internet

If people can sell plots of land on the moon, then why can’t someone sell the Internet? Someone did just that, for the bargain asking price of $1 million. Of course, it was all just a gag and it’s unlikely that this Pay Pal transaction ever went through. But still, it would have been the deal of the century-the buyer was even throwing in free Internet access.

9. Item #277481422: UFO Detector

A prototype manufactured by a Brazilian company, this modified magnetometer is supposed to pick up UFO activity and was proven to work when red and orange balls of light appeared in the skies over Sao Paulo. Unfortunately, it wasn’t 100% guaranteed due to the fact that “the propulsion systems of UFOs are not the same.” Why would the seller want to part with such a unique item? It’s okay-he had two. Final sale price: $135.03.

8. Item #248619068: The Meaning of Life

Someone finally figured it out, and they put it up for sale on eBay. Even with eight bids this incredible find didn’t fetch much, but it was probably the best $3.26 the winning bidder ever spent.

7. Item #1178647016: Russian Test Space Shuttle

This one-of-a-kind item was once offered by a Russian company for $2 million, but was posted on eBay for “a fraction of that.” It’s not known how much they wanted for the scaled-down Bor-5 VKK spacecraft, because the reserve price was never reached. Bidding topped out at $25,200, but perhaps it was the $5,000 shipping price that scared off potential buyers.

6. Item #2961640885: Vampire Killing Kit

The stylish vampire hunter would love this late 1800s European “vampire killing kit,” which included a crossbow with four silver-tipped arrows, an ebony wood stake, a large bottle of holy water and various surgical instruments, among other things. A solid mahogany wood box kept the items secure until they would be needed. Final bid: $4,550.

5. Item #289158639: Real Shrunken Head

Straight from the Jivaro Indian tribe in the jungles of Ecuador to the world’s largest electronic marketplace, a total of 26 shrunken heads were put up for sale. Only 7 people bid on them, with the top bidder paying just under $25. It is assumed that he or she got first choice of the heads, which ranged in color from dark brown to gray.

4. Item #2931457201: Ghost In a Jar

As the story goes, the seller of this item found a rotted wooden box while metal detecting. Inside were two glass jars and a journal. One of the jars was accidentally dropped, causing a black mist of some sort to be released. The other jar and the journal were taken home, and the seller proceeded to be haunted by something he could only describe as “The Black Thing.”

Wishing to pass the jar (and the ghost) on to someone else, he put the still unopened jar on eBay, insisting that only serious bidders would be considered. People must have loved the story, because there were well over 60 bids placed.

Unfortunately, not all of them were serious, because the selling price topped $90 million. No word as to who finally wound up with the jar, or if they too had supernatural visitors. Since this auction, there have been many, many more “ghost in a jar” items posted on eBay.

3. Item #150118191: USAF Hughes AIM-4D Falcon Missile

Yes, a real missile was auctioned off; fortunately, it was disarmed prior to the sale. The bidding reached $3,950, but the reserve price was never met.

2. Item #127658711: Serial Killer’s Fingernails

In 1979, Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris cruised southern California on a killing spree that resulted in at least five victims. And now, the fingernails of Roy Norris have been sold on eBay for only $9.99.

Taped to the back of a Christmas card, they were accompanied by a penned note from Norris himself, signed and topped off with the serial killer’s black thumbprint.

1. Item number not known: “Stricken Life” Painting

A rather macabre-looking self-portrait of a man known only as “Harold,” this painting is believed to be haunted. The artist was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in early 2001. Knowing that he could no longer care for his Multiple Sclerosis-stricken wife, he put a double-barrel shotgun against her head while she was sleeping and squeezed the trigger.

He then went into the den and put the shotgun in his own mouth. The house where the murder-suicide took place was eventually sold, and the new owners found the painting. Strange things started happening, such as the family dog sitting in front of the painting and howling, so Harold had to go — on eBay, of course.

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  1. November 22, 2007    

    Chewing gum that Britney Spears chewed goes for $350 on e-bay. The meaning of life goes for $3,26. What a world we live in.

  2. Jerry Jerry
    January 29, 2008    

    All this reminds me of an old Art Linkletter segment of his show called “people are funny.”

  3. January 29, 2008    

    All this reminds me of an old Art Linkletter segment of his TV show called “people are funny”

  4. January 29, 2008    

    wow i like the ghost one lol =]

  5. January 29, 2008    

    People can do so much with their money.Like helping someone in need $350 for chewed gum could have done some real good for someone

  6. Amie Amie
    January 29, 2008    

    I’m not sure how much it went for….but someone actually sold a jar of “Celebrity air” The pics had them holding a jar in the general vicinity of celebrities (like Rob Schneider)and them selling the air he breathed! And people actually bid!!!!!

  7. C-Jay C-Jay
    January 29, 2008    

    The Ghost ones cool but the USAF Missle, and some kids Virginaty…C’mon now ya gotta be f**king kidding me! How $h1t headed can someone be!?!? Lol w/e though l8r! ~C-Jay~

  8. ann ann
    January 29, 2008    

    wow ppl will really sell anything lol, more fool the ppl buying such random items. WOHOO keep going weirdos x

  9. Hana Kursel Hana Kursel
    July 1, 2008    

    people have sold air guitars, and someone sold the right to name her baby…can u say desperate? LOL!

  10. samantha samantha
    October 12, 2008    

    someone actually sold his imaginary friend on ebay!!

  11. Jen Jen
    October 18, 2008    

    Am I the only one that’s noticed that, despite the seller’s assertion that the title of the painting at #1 is written on the image’s sleeve as “Stricken Life” with the artist’s last name next to it, it’s pretty obvious that it says “Stricken With Life” (albeit badly written)? If you think about it…this title makes alot more sense.
    To see for yourself…please visit http://www.wintersteel.com/Tragic.html…There is a close up of the painting’s title if you scroll down.
    Nice story…but having looked around through newspaper archives online, I could come up with no evidence that it’s true…Sorry to the guy who paid 600 bucks for it. :(

  12. February 25, 2009    

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    We challenge you to come up with some crazy items to sell on our site.
    We will have the right to remove any auctions that are illegal or in really bad taste.
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    We will handle any press releases for the very craziest items you list on efleaa.com
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  13. My Internet Payday My Internet Payday
    November 28, 2009    

    haha I love this list

  14. Neenah Neenah
    December 14, 2009    

    okay okay believe it or not but my neighbor acually sold a stick, which was about 7 inches, that fell off his tree in his front yard on ebay. About 3 hours later some guy comes online and starts the bid for $56.00. in about 1 day and a half, he sells it for about 100 dollars. Crazy people. i got a real kick out of that.

  15. December 27, 2009    

    Nice collection, right out of Napoleon Dynamite when they bought the time machine.

  16. April 14, 2010    

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  17. May 4, 2010    

    lmfao at this list

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  19. Elisa S. Chappell Elisa S. Chappell
    January 11, 2011    

    Those 10 items you’ve mentioned above are all unique and unimaginable. I can’t imagine what’s on their head but I could tell they are achieving something deep and complicated.

  20. Sissy Warner Sissy Warner
    February 9, 2011    

    Just saw this on ebay. Like a chicken would need these!

  21. Kyle Kyle
    June 5, 2012    

    Item number 300721170250. There is a crazy story in the description. This stone grants a wish and causes a curse. I wonder if its real?

    • Dizzy Dee Dizzy Dee
      September 29, 2012    

      Hah, that is weird Kyle!

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