Useless things can suddenly turn into chickens laying golden eggs. Here are the top 10 items that found the right person at the right time and were sold for crazy money in the XXI century.
10. The wedding cake of Queen Elizabeth II
Yes, you read everything correctly. In 2013, a piece of the wedding cake of the British Queen Elizabeth II was auctioned for 560 pounds. Considering that 66 years have passed since the wedding at that time, this piece of cake is hardly useful for digestion. And the price for it seems extortionate. But you will make all kinds of sacrifices for Her Majesty.
9. Used pregnancy test Britney Spears
Presumably, this test was discovered by a cleaner in the room of one of the hotels in Los Angeles, where Britney was staying. Although there is no direct evidence that the test really belonged to the singer, it was put up on eBay, and an online casino GoldenPalace.com bought it for $5,001.
8. Sacred Sandwich
In 2004, an unusual lot appeared on eBay. It was a piece of fried bread with cheese, on which, according to its owner Diane Dyser, the image of the Virgin Mary was imprinted. Deizer kept this sandwich for more than 10 years, and during that time it did not deteriorate (at least outwardly) and even helped the woman win 70 thousand dollars at a local casino. However, need forced her to part with the “sacred sandwich”. More than 100 thousand bets were placed on the lot, and an online casino eventually acquired it GoldenPalace.com for 28 thousand dollars.
7. Justin Bieber’s Hair
In 2011, Justin appeared on the popular Ellen DeGeneres show in America and offered her a lock of his hair on the condition that she would auction it and use the money for charity. A small bunch of the teen idol’s hair was sold for an absurd $40,668. Any amount given to charity is worthy of praise. But given that the winning bidder almost certainly wasn’t going to donate his blood money, it’s likely that Bieber’s hair was his target.
6. Walking stick with the ghost of the grandfather “in the load”
Children are constantly afraid of something. Who spiders, who darkness, who all at once. And one six-year-old boy in 2004 began to convince his mother that he was haunted by the ghost of his recently deceased grandfather. He believed that the ghost was tied to his old cane, which still hadn’t been thrown away. To dispel the fears of children, the boy’s mother sold the cane along with the ghost at an eBay auction. The lot price was $64,000. The online casino was the buyer of the cane GoldenPalace.com , which collects and collects rare and bizarre items.
5. Diamond denture
Hollywood smile will not surprise anyone. But a prosthesis made of 156 diamonds and gold of the highest standard is still possible. Such a luxurious item, made in one of the clinics in Dubai, is estimated at 153 thousand dollars. They won’t be able to chew, and that’s not his task.
4. A banana glued to the wall
Nowadays, any object can fall into the category of modern art. Therefore, it is not surprising that an ordinary banana, held on the wall with a strip of duct tape, was sold at auction for an incredible $ 120,000. And this is not some special fruit with hidden jewels inside, it was bought in an ordinary supermarket. The author of this masterpiece is the Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, who specializes in the genre of installation and is famous for his provocative creativity. I wonder if banana instillation has lost its value after being transferred to a new owner?
3. The script “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
In 2017, Christie’s auction arranged a sale of personal belongings of actress Audrey Hepburn, and earned over $ 5 million for them. Among these things was the script of the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, which was sold for 700 thousand dollars. Given that anyone could download a copy of the script from the Web, the buyer, in fact, paid for the sebum left by Hepburn on the pages. It’s like buying high-class “bath water in which the streamer bathed.”
2. A copy of Super Mario 64
In many ways, this game defined the path of development of three-dimensional platformers, and to this day still regularly appears in the lists of “the best games of all time”. But Super Mario 64 is no longer young – it has turned more than 25 years old, and is available in the form of reissues and ports. This calls into question the need to buy a sealed Mario cartridge for $1,560,000, even if the box was in perfect condition. Before the auction at Heritage Auctions, the lot was estimated at a modest 100 thousand dollars. Undoubtedly, for a video game collector, this item is one of the holiest Grails imaginable. However, all he got for one and a half million dollars was a plastic cartridge, a cardboard box and a brief instruction manual.
1. A window with a frame
Is both the most expensive window in the world and, perhaps, the most useless thing sold for a fantastic amount. The whole merit of this window is that Lee Harvey Oswald, the murderer of American President John F. Kennedy, once stood behind it. A collector from the Netherlands bought this lot on eBay for $ 3 million.