ARE THESE THE WEIRDEST ITEMS EVER SOLD ON EBAY?16:51
1. The original Hollywood sign, $450,000
The original Hollywood sign sold for $450,000 in 2005.
While most people only know 'the' Hollywood sign that currently resides in Los Angeles, there are in fact two of them. The first one, installed in 1923 to promote real estate development in Los Angeles, deteriorated so badly that by the late 1970s it read ‘HULLYWOD’ instead of ‘HOLLYWOOD’.
It was replaced in 1978 after Hugh Hefner hosted a fundraising gala at the Playboy Mansion.
Dan Bliss, a producer and entrepreneur, bought the original from a nightclub promoter for and kept it for two years before he auctioned it off on eBay.
He wouldn’t reveal how much he had paid for the sign, but said the price was in the six figures.
Unsure what to do with an old Tuscan village you have gathering dust in the attic? eBay might take it off your hands. At least, this is what happened to Pratariccia, an 800-year-old small town 25 miles east of Florence, in 2012. The village, which included 25 abandoned houses over 20 acres of land, was owned by an undisclosed monastic order. The starting price was $5 million, but the bid closed at $3.1 million. Not too bad for a medieval ghost town in need of a restoration.
3. A rock from Mars, $450,000
Martian meteorites are coveted spatial improbabilities. To make one, a rock needs to form on planet Mars then be ejected by the impact of an asteroid or a comet, only to land on the Earth. Less than 200 have been found, which may explain why one Martian meteorite sold for $450,000 when it showed up on eBay in 2003.
4. The meaning of life, $3.62
Forget philosophy, spirituality and self-help books: the key to the meaning of life was actually found on sale on eBay in 2000. ‘I have discovered the reason for existence,’ the seller wrote, ‘and will be happy to share this information with the highest bidder.’