You Bought What?! 10 Extraordinarily Peculiar eBay Purchases

Mon, Dec 31, 2007, by Julius Vortemizzi


Since the creation of eBay, just about everything has been bought and sold. Take a look at some of this stuff…

eBay – The worldwide garage sale. Since its creation millions of items have been bought and sold. You can find just about anything on eBay, the question is whether or not you would buy it. Some of the items are quite hilarious, some are rather interesting, and others are just plain weird. Perhaps the strangest phenomena is the ridiculous amounts of money people are actually willing to pay for some of this crazy stuff.

  1. Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich:

    Diane Duyser, from Florida sold her grilled cheese sandwich that appeared to have the face of the Virgin Mary upon it. The item was purchased by an online casino for $28,000!

  2. Ghost in a Jar:

    A man from Arkansas sold a strange jar that he claimed contained a ghost inside of it. He said he found it while metal detecting around an old cemetery. For his full story visit here.

  3. 18 Year old British Girl’s Virginity:

    In order to pay off her college tuition, Cary’s Copestakes put her virginity up for auction on eBay without her parents knowledge. The bid started at $10,000 and was taken up by a business man. However, he merely gave her the money in pity of her situation and did not take her up on the service she offered.

  4. Ex-wife’s Wedding Dress:

    A man found his ex-wife’s wedding dress in the attic and before he could burn it, his sister suggested he sell it on eBay. Along with a description of the dress, he delivered a hilarious rant about his ex-wife and even modeled the dress himself. He claims all he wanted was enough money to buy tickets for a Mariners game and a case of beer. His wish came true when a young lady purchased the dress for $3,850! For the full story, check out No Marriage.

  5. Doritos Cheese Pope Hat:

    In Salem, Massachusetts, the Chadwick family opened up a bag of Doritos to discover a chip that perfectly resembled the Pope’s Mitre or in other word’s, the pope’s “really tall hat”. The same online casino that purchased the Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese bought this cheesy artifact for $1209!

  6. The Meaning of Life:

    That’s right, folks. For $3.26 it’s all yours. The answers to everything you could ever ask. But if you live outside of the U.S., that’s just too bad because the seller would only ship within the U.S. The exact nature of this item was not given and the only picture was the rainbow.

  7. Vampire Killing Kit:

    A seller from Oklahoma made $2,005.50 from this supposed 18th Century Vampire Killing Kit. It all came in a linden wood box, lined on the inside with maroon velvet. Inside the box were the following items: One wooden hammer (9 inches long), four stakes 7 inches – each), prayer book, crucifix, knife, picking scissors and eight bottles with Pamant (holy soil), Agheazma (holy water), Mir (anointing oil), Tamaie (holy incense), Usturoi (garlic), red serum, blue serum and secret potion, wooden cross, and a metal syringe box. The seller claimed that the estimated value of the artifact was between $29,000 and $51,000 although many doubt this to be true.

  8. John F Kennedy Assassination Shooters Perch Window:

    The actual window and frame from which Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed our 35th president, John F. Kennedy. 188 bids were placed and the winning bidder paid $3,001,501.00 on February 16th 2007 and gained what is most likely the most valuable window in the world.

  9. Real Shrunken Heads:

    26 shrunken heads were sold on eBay. The heads came straight from the Jíbaro Indian tribe in the jungles of Ecuador. Only 7 bids were placed on them and the winner paid a little under $25 for them.

  10. UFO Detector:

    A small Brazilian Company known as InterBras put this “very sensitive magnometer” up for sale on eBay in March of 2000. They claimed that when foreign objects were flying nearby in the sky, it would flash and beep. A UFO enthusiasts happily payed $135 it. Unfortunately a picture of this piece of equipment could not be found. It must be top secret.

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56 Comments For This Post
  1. Jared Stenzel Says:

    Great article. Wish I’d thought of something like this. I have seen a few strange things on ebay myself. Nice job.

  2. Alexa Gates Says:

    wow! That’s just some of the stranges stuff I’ve ever seen. Great article! I never would have thought anyone would pay THAT much money for all of that stuff!

  3. jW Says:

    i bought a paranormal rock off ebay as a gag it cost the guy who sold it more to pay the free shipping than i paid damn thing disappeared a few days later though

  4. jeff Says:

    goldenpalace was the name of the online casino

  5. ennTOXX Says:

    wait, what about the imaginary friend for sale???

  6. andso Says:

    no honorable mention for New Zealand? I don’t think it was bought, but still.

  7. marshoutlaw Says:

    i think the grilled cheese looks more like Marylin Monroe than the V. Mary…

  8. Dan Says:

    How about the couple that were selling the first name of their unborn child (not sure how that one ended…)?

  9. JOeeee Says:

    I think that the guy who sold his X’s wedding dress looked more like the Virgin Mary than the grilled cheese which, and this goes without saying, did look quite god

  10. David Greiman Says:

    I didn’t think you could sell body parts on eBay.

  11. chris Says:

    my cousin once sold a “Dead squirrel in a box”…and it sold. Ebayers are freaks. haha

  12. Jesper Says:

    I once saw a guy selling an air guitar as well.

  13. Nelson Doyle Says:

    Wow, what a fun and interesting article. Excellent research and great article.

  14. jason Says:

    how about the Australian guy who wanted to exchange lives with someone else? dunno if it ever actually went through.

  15. Brandon Says:

    Doesn’t Golden Palace advertise with those streakers at sporting events? I wouldn’t be surprised if they bought that ridiculous grilled cheese sandwich and that five-per-bag folded doritos chip just for the publicity and advertisement.

  16. Jordan Says:

    I can’t believe someone purchased that Dorito chip. I get so many shaped like that whenever I buy Doritos, I wish I had thought of such a ludicrous idea.

  17. Bill Says:

    Woody: hate to tell you, but every country on the face of the earth can be made to cough up stories like these. #3 happened in the UK, btw.

  18. Woody Lover Says:

    I love Doritos!!! Only cool ranch though. The Habenero makes me wish I didn’t spend many money on them in the second place.

    love you

  19. Goldfinger2008 Says:

    Great article! Reminds me of Jay Leno’s “Stuff you can find on eBay” segment.

  20. madhur Says:

    TC is correct

  21. Author: Julius Vortemizzi Says:

    For those of you who have been commending my article with your comments, I thank you. But to those who are participating in this needless bickering and downplay at what comments other readers have left, I ask you to stop. If someone says something stupid (which someone always does) you don’t need to point it out. The fact that you would waste your own time to fill out a comment just to point out someone else’s stupidity makes you no better. Please do not use my page as an arena for this worthless behavior. Thank you and enjoy the article.

    - Julius Vortemizzi

  22. EATZA PIZZA Says:

    I’m not really surprised by the JFK story. The other stuff was funny. Thanks for the laughs.

  23. Judy Sheldon-Walker Says:

    Very good research, and well put together, but aren’t we unsure of who actually assassinated JFK? Not that takes any credence away from this article.

  24. Liane Schmidt Says:

    This is a GREAT article. It’s amazing what’s out in the world and what people will pay for it… now it makes me want to look around and see what I can sell!

    Best wishes.


    -Liane Schmidt.

  25. Cookie Says:

    Britney spears sold her bra on ebay lol

  26. Akrid Says:

    What about the haunted Stitch doll?!

  27. didn't he? Says:

    didn’t a guy sell a air guitar for $500 and it was sold for $625 lol thatt’s sad

  28. PJ Says:

    I remember reading that a guy tried to sell his soul on ebay recently…

  29. Nicole Says:

    The picture on the grill cheese looks more like Marilyn Monroe to me

  30. Terrance Says:

    I sold an empty can of Mountain Dew for $15.00.

    I even got 2 spots on the local news ;) I thought it was a joke until the reporter came to work.

    A rather hilarious lil adventure it was :)

  31. fernie Says:

    and there was the “Jesus”cornflake that sold for $8900 US.check it out on google

  32. Krishna Says:

    I once saw someone trying to sell a jar full of smelly farts. He claimed he had filled it himself and had eaten curry the night before, so they were good smelly farts. Don’t know if they sold

  33. sher Says:

    interesting article..good job

  34. DCR Says:

    Julius Vortemizzi,
    Your article rock,
    Loz, yours suck

  35. Tarra B. Says:

    excellent, entertaining article…enjoyed it!

  36. z.Mully Says:

    What has the world come to folks? Britney-Mania has just reached an all time low….

    When you guys get a chance head over to Ebay and type in Search: 320222450112 and look at what some sick bastard is bidding on.

    Sick, sick world folks….

  37. z.Mully Says:

    What has the world come to folks? Britney-Mania has just reached an all time low….

    When you guys get a chance head over to Ebay and type in Search: 320222450112 and look at what some sick bastard is bidding on.

    Sick, sick world folks….

  38. tha e.word Says:

    i think the face in the sandwich
    its from marilyn monrroe…

    what ever

    how funny

  39. Aaron Says:

    OMG, on ebay right now someone is bidding a gum wrapper!!!!!!!!!!


    IT`s still up for bid. today March 30, 2008

    Check it out, just search

    My Bubble Gum Wrapper

  40. ped Says:

    que mamones

  41. John W Says:

    Krishna, i know the person selling the fart in a jar. it sold for around £2.50 and got posative feedback; apparently when the buyer opened it his dog died.

  42. Angela Says:

    on Csi there was and episoied where they found a body and the virgin mary cheese sanwich mark matched the face of the body lol

  43. Nancy Says:

    I found this Asian Top hat man to help raise money to feed the poor.

    The seller claims it came from a crushed bag of bread. If the seller is honest the money will be used for a good cause. I might bid $1.00

  44. jhudez Says:

    weird @ strange but good items

  45. Pocket Rebel Says:

    I remember, back in 1996, the weirdest thing I saw on ebay was a leather stool (the seat) of which the base made from an elephant’s entire foot.

  46. kenia army Says:

    wooooorales ke louko,pero gueno ta bien hay a ver ke me anima bay

  47. anon Says:

    why does the ghost in a jar link take me to a web sex selling video cam marketing site?


  48. Evan Says:

    I bought one of those shrunken heads.

    My dog ate it.

  49. squeezeme21 Says:


  50. ryan Says:

    I saw an add on eBay once called ” punch me in the eye for $10,000″!!!

  51. Nyck-E Says:

    Ok, some of that is just plain – odd.. The story behind the Wedding dress was by-far hilarious!

    However, as it is, I probably would have bid on the “Vampire” kit, becasue it looks to be an authentic kit from the time when people belived that Vampires actually existed, and it looks cool.

  52. GuitarHero Says:

    What about the guy who sold an air guitar??

  53. elise Says:

    goes to say that anything goes – anything will sell. I guess that is the great eBay solution.

  54. elvis crapp Says:

    i saw 3 crazy things on ebay. 1-Jerry Garcia’s sink sold for $16.000.00 usd. 2-Couch covered with duct tape. 3-bikini and Beetle car(sold together). I hope someday sell something weird and make lots money.

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