10 Ridiculously Expensive Auction Items
Have you ever been to an auction? They can be a lot of fun! Between all of the things they have up for sale and the excitement of the actual bidding, one can become addicted. Most auctions that you or I would go to are pretty commonplace, fitting in the budget of any common man, but there are auctions out there that would break you or me if we were to make even a single purchase (if we could even afford to!). Here are ten examples of the most ridiculously expensive auction items on Earth.
1. A Massive Black Watermelon
This is quite possibly the most expensive fruit you will ever encounter; it sold for a whopping $6,100 at a Japanese auction! It is a Densuke watermelon, and there were only 65 of them; this one weighed in at seventeen pounds. The only place these watermelons are grown is in Hokkaido, which is an island in the north. The fact is that watermelon and other similar fruit are very hard to come by; a pair of cantaloupe actually sold for more than $23,000! The Japanese people are willing to really shell out the dough for these fruit varieties.
2. John Lennon’s Toilet
You may expect a crapper belonging to a Beatle would fetch the funds, and this one certainly may. His estate, Tittenhurst Park, is auctioning the commode off and is taking bids, but they are estimating they will pull in around $1,500. It was put into storage by a builder named Hancock to be used as a planter after bathroom renovations were done, and it is unknown if the pot has any actual value in itself.
3. Collection of Meteorites
While they may only appear to be a simple bunch of rocks, these are actually very valuable meteorites, and they belong to a single collector. Rob Elliott actually hunts meteorites, but plans to auction his collection off, and anticipates a nice little profit. Auctioneers have priced the collection, which consists of more than 1,000 meteorites, at a whopping $1.4 million!
Remember the pop song ‘Jenny’ by Tommy Tutone? Her phone number in the song was 867-5309, and is one of the most well-known ‘phone numbers’ in the world. eBay had this number up for auction by DJ Spencer Potter of New Jersey, whose business sported the number. Since it is illegal to sell phone numbers, he sold the business it was attached to as well. He ended up getting more than $185,000.
5. The Scissor Hands from ‘Edward Scissorhands’
Christie’s auctioned off several items from the entertainment industry, including the leather and steel scissor hands donned by Johnny Depp in the film ‘Edward Scissorhands’. They ended up being one of the top sellers, pulling in $16,000.
6. Obscene Manga-Boy Sculpture
Manga-boy is an anime character, and this sculpture, created by Takashi Murakami and entitled ‘Mr. Lonesome Cowboy’ features the character ‘jerking off’. Sotheby’s auctioned off the life-sized statue, which was anticipated to sell for between $4 and $5 million dollars.
7. The Biggest Gold Coin in the World
An auction in Vienna had this gold coin, worth more than $2.6 million, up for sale, and a Spanish firm dealing in precious metals ended up paying exactly its face value for it. It weighed over 250 pounds, and is one of only five ‘Maple Leaf’ Canadian coins of its size. There were no other offers for the coin, which also featured Queen Elizabeth’s portrait on it.
8. Winston Churchill’s Dentures
These may be the most expensive false teeth on the planet. They sold for $23,000, and were sold by Nigel Cudlipp, the son of the dentist who made them. Because he had a lisp, Churchill feared losing his teeth, and always kept a spare set readily available. He was also known to throw his teeth in response to war news.
9. Dress Owned by Marilyn Monroe
This is the dress worn by actress and model Marilyn Monroe when she sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to President John F. Kennedy. Its sale was a record-breaker; it fetched more than one-million dollars! The dress was reportedly so tight that it had to be sewn onto her for wearing! Good thing the buyer wasn’t that tight!
10. The Gigayacht
The ‘Gigayacht’ is one of the most costly items ever sold on the eBay platform, selling for $168 million. It was purchased by a company called 4Yacht out of Florida. The yacht was designed by a naval architect by the name of Frank Mulder, who has designed yet another one that is bigger and better than the first. It has fourteen floors and a garage for a helicopter.