You can get pretty much anything on eBay. From a haunted rubber duck to canned unicorn meat, the online marketplace can be a bazaar for the bizarre or just a place to buy some cheap socks. Since its inception in 1995, eBay has been used to buy and sell just about everything (with the exception of illicit drugs which can be bought on darknet sites like The Silk Road).
It comes as no surprise that the online retailer is being used to auction off some ultra-expensive stuff; it's a trusted, user-friendly means of online commerce. Although eBay isn't quite Sotheby's, yet, the site is clearly on their way to being a power in the auction world. As you'll see, people have taken to the site to help them unload a variety of pricey items: from sports memorabilia to space rocks to luxury vehicles.
For those who haven't used the site (have you been living in a Blast from the Past-style bunker? If so, where's Brendan Fraser?), it's quite easy. Users upload an item to sell and include a starting bid ($0.99, for example), at which point other users begin bidding on the item. Like any auction, bidding wars ensue. The item's price is driven up based on how much demand there is for it. It's like this cool microcosm of capitalism where the free market reigns supreme.
Sit back, relax and get ready to ball out as you peruse the 10 largest eBay purchases of all-time.
10 Barry Bonds' 715th Home Run Ball
In 2006, a baseball hit by renowned slugger and known juicer Barry Bonds was scooped up on eBay for a cool $220,100. The ball commemorates Barry Bonds passing Babe Ruth to become the second-greatest slugger in MLB history (second only to Hank Aaron who had 755. Bonds later broke this record too, finishing his career with 762 dingers).
9 Zagami Martian Meteorite
8 2003 Enzo Ferrari
7 Honus Wagner Baseball Card
6 Bridgeville, California
5 War-Proof Bunker House
4 Albert, Texas
3 Lunch With Warren Buffett
2 Gulfstream II Jet
Private jets aside, the most ballin' thing someone could possibly buy is probably a yacht. Enter the gigayacht, the 405-foot, Frank Mulder-designed superboat that was purchased on eBay for an almost unconscionable $168 million. The yacht includes a gym, movie theater, spa, elevator, VIP suites, a children's cabin, guest cabins and a helicopter pad. The yacht was bought by Russian businessman Roman Abramovich, owner of private investment company Millhouse LLC. and the Chelsea Football Club. Abramovich's net worth is valued at roughly $9.1 billion. He is the 12th richest Russian and the 137th richest person in the world.
Sources: Complex.com; Wikipedia.org
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