We all want to have a part of famous people whom we idolize. How much we would give just to have John Elway’s Denver Broncos’ uniform in his last game during the 1999 Super Bowl, or Wayne Gretzky’s hockey stick used for his numerous scoring records, or Scarlett Johansson’s panties from the opening scene of the movie Lost in Translation.
There are people who go to any length just to have a piece of famous people. Standard items like autographs of The Beatles can fetch as much as $39,000, while legal documents like the divorce papers of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Philippe or the will bequeathing the handcuffs of Harry Houdini can go for $30.
Some will buy even the strangest items. Here is a list of the top 10 most outrageous celebrity memorabilia bought by fans.
10. Brad Pitt’s and Angelina Jolie’s Exhaled Air – $529.99
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are two of the highest-paid and most popular personalities in Hollywood. The two got together during the filming of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Pitt went on to break up from his power relationship with Jennifer Aniston to be in an even more powerful relationship with Jolie. The two breathe rarefied air, so much so that a fan once bought the exhaled air of the two for $529.99.
9. Justin Timberlake’s Leftover French Toast – $1,025
Justin Timberlake started out as a member of the television show The Mickey Mouse Club. He was a member of the boy band called N’Sync and had a high-profile relationship with Britney Spears. He was also with Alyssa Milano and Cameron Diaz, and was also rumored to have had a fling with Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Wilde and Olivia Munn. Whatever those gorgeous actresses left over, a fan was willing to have, even if it were just a leftover French toast that was bought for more than a thousand dollars.
8. Mick Jagger’s Hair – $6,000
Mick Jagger is a rock icon and he is the front man of The Rolling Stones, probably the greatest rock and roll band in the world. He is already 70 years old, but his moves are still so iconic that Adam Levine sang with his band Maroon 5 that had a song about him. Fans can never get any satisfaction that they’re willing to get any part of Jagger, even if it were just a lock of hair for $6,000.
7. Bernie Madoff’s Slippers – $6,000
Bernie Madoff was a stockbroker and investor. He is also a white collar criminal. He ripped off billions of dollars in a massive Ponzi scheme. He fooled even his own children with his one big lie. He is now serving 150 years in prison, and even that amount of time may not be enough for him to pay off his sins. Even behind bars, the man is still fooling people. Someone paid $6,000 for a pair of slippers owned by Madoff.
6. Britney Spear’s Used Chewing Gum – $14,000
Britney Spears started out her career as a member of The Mickey Mouse Club. The cute kid transformed into an instant sex kitten when she came out with the single “…Baby One More Time.” She went out for a few years with fellow mouse alumnus Justin Timberlake and charted out a successful musical career. She has sold well despite going through several personal struggles; as a matter of fact, she did it so well that even a used chewing gum straight from her mouth was bought by a fan for $14,000.
5. John Lennon’s Tooth – $31,000
During the height of the popularity of The Beatles, its members were so hot that fans would practically worship the ground they walked on. Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon set the world of music on fire with a series of unforgettable songs that changed the rock landscape forever. They were treated like gods, with Lennon even saying that they were probably more famous than Jesus Christ. Just like the Buddha, even his tooth relic became coveted. A tooth extracted from him given to his housekeeper was sold at an auction for $31,000 in 2011.
4. Marilyn Monroe’s Breast X-Ray – $49,000
Marilyn Monroe was the ultimate sex symbol. When she sang happy birthday to then-President John F. Kennedy, it was perhaps the sexiest rendition of all time. She passed away too soon, and it probably perpetuated the world’s view of her as a sex object. For one fan, the sight of Monroe’s bust in Playboy magazine was not enough. He wanted to see the inside of the breasts through an X-ray, that was sold for $49,000.
3. William Shatner’s Kidney Stone – $75,000
William Shatner was a police officer in T.J. Hooker and a lawyer in The Practice and Boston Legal. It was his out of this world role, as Captain Kirk in Star Trek, that fans will always remember him by. Trekkies are known to be a fanatical bunch, which is probably why a stone taken from his kidneys sold for $75,000.
2. Elvis Presley’s Hair – $115,000
Elvis Presley will always be the King of Rock and Roll. His swooning voice and pelvic movements were more than enough to send girls into hysterics. He is considered as a 20th century icon and he is the best selling solo artist in the history of recorded music. From “Love Me Tender” and “Jailhouse Rock” to “Suspicious Minds” and “A Little Less Conversation,” fans will do anything for a piece of Presley. A lock of hair from the King once sold for an astounding $115,000.
1. Mahatma Gandhi’s Personal Effects – $1.8 million
Mahatma Gandhi is an icon not only of India, but of the rest of the world. His non-violent stance while protesting foreign rule over his country has been admired and imitated by other nations. He left us too soon when died due to an assassin’s bullet. Followers will clutch on anything to keep his memory alive. Personal effects, like eyeglasses, food bowl, sandals and watch, were sold for $1.8 million.
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