5 Most Ridiculous Things Bought on eBay
Oh yeah, you read that right. In 2010 some crafty eBay seller listed a “Vampire Transformation Spell” for auction. And even stranger, someone going by the name of James Franco bought it. However, the Huffington Post adds that it was “almost definitely not” the real James Franco who bought it. If you’d like to be a vampire, you’re out of luck on eBay these days. In 2012, eBay banned the selling of magic spells and potions because such things are “difficult to verify and resolve.” Well, duh.
4 Shatner’s Stones
In 2006, William Shatner, aka Captain Kirk, listed his kidney stone on eBay. That’s not the ridiculous part. What’s insane is that someone bought it. Shatner’s kidney stone sold for $25,000, to the same folks that bought the Virgin Mary grilled cheese, GoldenPalace.com. Shatner donated the money to Habitat for Humanity. Shatner later joked that the stone was so big, “you’d want to wear it on your finger.” and that if subjected to extreme heat, “it might turn out to be a diamond.” No matter how big or shiny it is, buying someone’s kidney stone is still pretty darn weird.
3 Heavenly Sandwich
Many eBay sellers have reaped the rewards of the faithful by selling “miraculous” images online. However, the most ridiculous may be the 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich reported to contain the image of the Virgin Mary, which sold for $28,000 in 2004. The moldy hunk of bread and cheese was sold to online casino site GoldenPalace.com. You might think the image of the Virgin Mary on anything sounds pretty hokey. EBay thought so too at first, pulling the sale because it said it didn’t post joke items. But the auction site later restored the listing after the seller convinced the powers that be that she could deliver the Virgin Mary on this particular grilled cheese sandwich.
2 Eternal Real Estate
Imagine the awesomeness of your dead self lying next to a celebrity. Wait. You won’t know how lucky you are because you’ll be dead. That tiny detail doesn’t seem to matter to the anonymous bidder who won an eBay auction for the cemetery crypt located directly above Marilyn Monroe. It didn’t matter to Hugh Hefner either. He bought the plot next to Monroe’s in 1992 for an affordable $75,000. The prime cemetery real estate above Monroe sold on eBay in 2009 for $4.6 million. The auction was listed by the widow of Richard Poncher, the businessman who bought the plot from Joe DiMaggio in the 1950s. So, where does the late Mr. Poncher go now? Despite his last wishes being to spend eternity on top of Monroe, after 23 years as her crypt buddy, he’s been moved to a neighboring plot.
What?! Yes, you too can sell your virginity online. According to BBC News, a London university student auctioned her virginity, initially on eBay, to pay for her studies. A 44-year-old apparently won the auction, outbidding more than 2,000 other men with his winning bid of about $13,000. Although eBay withdrew the auction prior to the final sale, it was concluded on the seller’s own website. Sadly, this isn’t the only time someone has offered their virginity via online auction, and it probably won’t be the last.