The world was given a chance to partake on the joys and thrills of auctioning with the debut of the online, multi-international corporation, eBay. In 1995, eBay was created by Pierre Omidyar in California, and now has operations in 30 countries. Since it’s days as just an auction-based website. eBay now offers the “instant Buy-It-Now” shopping, online event ticket trading, and more.
There probably isn’t a single American that can say they never bought anything from eBay or even just glanced at the site, but what’s even more interesting is how much people actually spend purchasing certain items on the online site.
From priceless artifacts to one-of-a-kind memorabilia, eBay has become infamously known for selling the most peculiar things for an outlandish price. Here are the top 10 most expensive ever sold from eBay.
10 eBay for Charty: Lunch with Warren Buffett - $3,300,100
Warren Buffett is the third-wealthiest person in world, so a chance to have a bite to eat with this legendary business magnate is probably worth the cost. The 88-year-old billionaire partnered with eBay to raise money for the Glide Foundation, a charity that donates to the poor, people battling substance abuse, or the homeless.
The auction is something very near and dear to the successful investor, Buffet's annual goal for the charity is $20 million. “Glide really takes people who have hit rock bottom and helps bring them back,” Buffett has stated.
9 Joe "Shoeless" Jackson Baseball Bat - $577,610
Joseph Jackson was an outfielder for the MLB who was well-known for his performance on the field, but a scandal caused his 12-year career to come to an abrupt stall. Jackson was rumored to be involved with the Black Sox Scandal, which the members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox were going to fix the World Series.
Though Jackson and the other members involved were acquitted, they received a lifetime ban from the MLB. Jackson's baseball was sold on eBay for $577,610 to Rob Mitchell, an owner or a marketing company.
8 The Original "Hollywood" Sign - $450,400
In 1923, the infamous Hollywood sign was erected in Los Angeles, California. However, when the sign was first created, it had an extra "LAND" at the end of it. The sign was originally created to promote local real-estate development, but because of the attention it drew, it was left up.
In 1949, the sign was reconstructed, and the last for letters were removed. Dan Bliss, the former owner of the sign, sold it on eBay for $450,400. Bliss bought the sign from Hank Berger, a nightclub promoter, who bought the sign from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce after it was taken down.
7 Mike Trout 2009 Draft Baseball Card - $400,000
Mike Trout is a professional baseball player for the Los Angeles Angels. Trout is an eight-time MLB All-Star and received the American League Most Valuable Player award in 2014 and 2016. Nicknamed "The Millville Meteor," Trout has received praise from the media and is regarded as one of the most outstanding players in the history of baseball.
Trout was drafted in 2009 during the first round MLB draft. The 2009 Bowman Draft Mike Trout Superfactor, which is a parallel of Trout's Bowman Chrome autograph, was listed on eBay for $500,000, but then the price dropped down to $400,000. The card was purchased for that price but Dave Oancea.
6 Ian Usher's "Life"- $309,292
Who knew that with just a click of a button, someone could possibly get a new life and leave all their worries behind. One man is living proof that eBay changed his life for the better.
Ian Usher had hit rock bottom following his divorce from his wife, but he decided to give up his possessions and pursue his dreams. In 2008, he listed his life "for sale" on eBay for $309,292 and was able to move out of his home and spend his days traveling the world.
5 Captain America 1941 Comic Book Issue #1 - $175,200
Captain America has been a fan-favorite fictional superhero for decades. Before the charming actor Chris Evans was chosen to play him in the Marvel-Cinematic Universe, fans of the star-stripped hero were able to see "Cap" in action on animated television shows and comic books.
The very first book comic book to feature Captain America was in 1941 in the Captain America Issue #1. Of course, this can be considered a priceless artifact, so when it sold on eBay for $175,200 it wasn't much a surprise.
4 1949 Mercury Hot Rod From The Movie Grease - $180,100
In 1978, the musical-romantic comedy Grease hit the theaters and left everyone singing "You're The One I Want" for years to follow. The movie that catapulted the careers of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John is also one of the highest-grossing musical films.
The iconic "Hot Rod" from the movie was listed on eBay in 2014 for $180,000. Reportedly, a Grease "super-fan" purchased the car, making it another surprising but expensive purchase from the site.
3 Nintendo World Championship Games - $99,902
The Nintendo World Championship Games was created in 1990 and was a nationwide video game competition. There were only 90 rare cartridges from the video game that were given to the winners of the tournament. In 2014, after an auction that had over 300 bids, a lucky bidder was able to nab this unique item for $99,902. Currently, the seller sets the record for the most expensive video game sale of all time.
2 Hermes Birkin Olive Green Bag - $79,000
There isn't a fashion lover in the world that doesn't want to own a Birkin Bag. The handmade-leather tote that was named after actress Jane Birkin is a symbol of wealth because of it's high price and appearances on many celebrities arms.
Prices for any Birkin Bag can range from $11,000 to $300,000, depending on the skin or fabric used to make it. It's no surprise that this accessory, created by Hermes, is the most expensive bag sold on eBay. This highest-purchased Birkin was the Hermes Birkin Bag Olive Green, Porosus Crocodile, bought for $79,000.
1 Michael Jackson's Crystal Glove - $19,000
The multi-talented and legendary pop singer Michael Jackson tragically passed away at the age of 50-year-old. The "Thriller" singer was known for his versatile dance moves, chart-topic hits, and classic style that fans still emulate to this day. One of his most trademark looks included his crystal-glove that he wore on his left hand. The stunning glove made its first appearance in 1983 at the infamous Motown 25th TV anniversary special where Jackson also debuted the "moonwalk." The item sold on eBay for $19,000.