You can land some pretty great deals on eBay–relatively speaking. What may seem like a “deal” to some can seem outlandish to others. With that said, here are ten insanely expensive things ever sold on eBay.
This isn’t your ordinary lunch. It’s a private power lunch at Smith & Wollensky steakhouse in New York with business magnate and billionaire investor Warren Buffett. Every year for the past nineteen years, eBay has been hosting a charity auction power lunch with the Berkshire Hathaway owner. And, get this: This year’s winner paid a whopping $3.3 million for the lunch. The winning bid fell slightly short of the $3.45 million paid in 2012 and 2016. Proceeds from the auction go to San Francisco anti-poverty charity GLIDE.
FUN FACT: The 2010 and 2011 winner, a hedge fund manager, was eventually hired by Berkshire Hathaway to run investments.
9. Real Estate
Real estate is a popular eBay category–houses, land, commercial properties, whole towns and villages. Yep, that’s right–a village and two towns to be exact. In 2012, someone purchased the small Tuscan village of Pratariccia, Italy for $3.1 million. The 20-acre village has, for the most part, been abandoned for nearly half a century.
In 2003, insurance broker Bobby Cave sold the small town of Albert, TX for $2.5 million. Cave originally purchased the 13-acre, 5-resident town for $216,000.
The first town to ever sell on eBay was Bridgeville, California. The 83-acre, 30-resident town has been on the auction block several times since its first appearance in 2002. The winner that year paid $1.77 million for it.
By the way, an eBay user purchased an abandoned nuclear missile base for $1.57 million. The 57-acre site, which became operational in April 1962, was based out of Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado.
8. The Hollywood Sign
The Hollywood sign sold for $450,000 on eBay in 2005. No, not the one that’s up there now, but the original one that dates back to 1923. Ebay seller Dan Bliss bought the original sign from a nightclub promoter who purchased it from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce after it was torn down. Bliss then put it up for auction on eBay for $300,000.
-The original sign read “Hollywoodland.” It was put up to promote a real estate development by the Hollywoodland Real Estate Group. The last four letters were removed in 1949 when the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce agreed to preserve the sign.
-The letters in the Hollywood sign are 50 feet tall.
7. A Game of Golf
Would you pay $425,000 for a game of golf? Perhaps you would if you knew you were going to play with Tiger Woods. That’s what a winning eBay bidder paid for a round of golf (18 holes, to be specific) with Woods at Isleworth Country Club in Windermere, Florida, in 2002. A gift bag that included a signed U.S. Open pin flag was also part of the package. The winner, who chose to remain anonymous, got to take along three friends. Proceeds from the auction went to the Tiger Woods Foundation.
6. A Life
This auction gives a whole other meaning altogether to the saying “get a life.” Ian Usher, an English-born traveler, author and public speaker, put his entire life–his worldly possessions, that is–up for sale on eBay in June 2008 after going through an unhappy divorce. The highest bid was $399,300–Australian dollars, that is. “I was quite disappointed with the final amount, which is only at the bottom end of the valuation scale for the house itself, which was valued at between $400,000 and $420,000, but it was still enough for me to be able to sell and move on as planned,” Usher said on his website.
FUN FACT: The auction generated a lot of press coverage. In fact, several movie studios, including Disney, expressed interest in buying the rights to the story.
5. A Crypt
California resident Elsie Poncher listed her husband’s crypt on eBay. The crypt, which happened to sit directly above Marilyn Monroe’s, sold for $4.6 million.
According to thechive.com, Poncher put the crypt up for sale after she ran into a bit of trouble trying to pay the mortgage off at her Beverly Hills home. She moved her husband to the next crypt over–the spot that was intended for her. She chose for her remains to be cremated instead.
-Poncher’s husband bought the crypt from Joe DiMaggio, Monroe’s ex-husband.
-Poncher’s husband was buried face down so he could look at Monroe.
4. A Raisin Box
Vintage items can sell for hundreds, even thousands, of dollars. We guess that’s why a vintage Sun-Maid raisins box went for $700,000 (or best offer) on eBay in 2013, raisins not included–at least we hope not, LOL! The expired listing says that one box was sold–whether it was for $700k or another offer, we’re not sure. The miniature box dates back to the 1950s.
FYI, there’s another box for sale on the website. This one is also for $700,000. The ad requests “serious inquiries only” from people for whom money is no object. You know, people like Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Tyler Perry, Celine Dion, P. Diddy, and Mark Zuckerberg, “to name a few” (Yes, the ad actually says this). And, oh yeah, shipping is free.
3. Medical Kits
Earlier this year, a Maryland man sold expensive medical kits on eBay for about $33,000 each–their actual value. The man, who was a medical supplies vendor, stole the kits from hospitals in the D.C. area. Six of the kits had been sold to buyers in Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington state. None of the buyers knew the kits had been stolen. The thief surrendered to police and faced a number of charges, including grand larceny and money laundering.
2. Szechuan Dipping Sauce
Don’t you just hate it when they discontinue your favorite product? You’d do anything to get it back. That’s probably how one eBay user–Canadian musician Deadmau5, to be exact–felt when he bid $15,000 for a 64-gallon jug of discontinued Szechuan dipping sauce. The sauce was first introduced by McDonald’s in 1998 to help promote the movie Mulan. By the way, due to popular demand, McDonald’s brought back the sauce earlier this year. If only Deadmau5 had waited a few months, he could’ve gotten the sauce for the cost of a box of McNuggets. Oh well, live and learn!
1. Halloween Costumes
We know how important it is to have the perfect costume for Halloween. But, how much would you be willing to pay for one? $40? $60? $100? What about $2,300? That’s what one eBay user paid for a Star Wars 4-LOM droid costume. If you think that was outrageous, check out what others were willing to spend on their favorite character costumes on the online auction website:
Darth Malgus: $2,500
Iron Man: $4,999
Have you ever spent an insane amount of money on something? C’mon, you can tell us. We won’t judge you. Let us know about your crazy purchases below! Thanks for reading.