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Top 10 Weirdest Things Ever Sold on eBay

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We all know that the internet is a weird and wonderful place – from connecting with a community of motorcycle-riding fire breathers (yes, they exist), to trawling online shops searching for the perfect personalised fish tank accessory (sad, but true) – it is a vast, online network that makes us all feel a little less ‘out-there’.  

At TNS we are all up for a little bit of something different, but when this normalization of weird behaviour is combined with an unbridled love for internet shopping, or indeed internet auctioning, that’s when things go from 0 to CRAZY in the click of a mouse.

So here for your entertainment is a list of the ten weirdest items that have ever been put up for auction on eBay. From rhino excrement to an actual human baby; here are some of the most bizarre things that people have ever sought to sell on the Internet. And even more worryingly, they were all bought (almost).

William Shatner’s kidney stone. In 2005, legendary Star Trek actor William Shatner decided to auction off his kidney stone to raise money for charity. Although organ sales are prohibited under trafficking laws, kidney stones are clearly exempt as the Golden Palace Casino successfully bid on the most obscure of Star Trek memorabilia of all time at the out-of-this-world price of $75,000.

A cornflake shaped like Illinois. This eBay find might not be as weird as the others, but it is definitely the most tragic. Not only did the sisters who found it identify it as being worthy to be sold online, but more worryingly, some evidently mundane people bid well over £1,000 for the novelty-shaped breakfast food.

Spending eternity on top of Marilyn Monroe. In an attempt to raise enough money to pay off her mortgage, widow Elsie Poncher arranged to have her husband’s remains exhumed and his former resting place put up for auction on eBay. The unique selling point of this morbid item? The burial plot is directly above Hollywood bombshell Marilyn Monroe’s, and in the same cemetery as Roy Orbison and Dean Martin. 

A baby. You know that classic joke where you pretend to sell your first-born child on eBay for 1€? Well apparently the authorities don’t really get it. The laugh-a-minute couple not only had their child briefly removed from their custody, but were also investigated for child trafficking. Not so funny.  

A piece of Mars. In 2006an anonymous bidder was over the moon to find that he had been successful in his bid to win a 40 pound chunk of Martian meteorite that fell to earth in 1962.  

Affair Sex-essories. When one unsuspecting wife walked in to find her husband cheating on her with another woman, she decided to take her revenge public by posting his mistress’ oversized knickers and left-over ‘size-small’ condom wrapper on eBay. Awkward. 

Max, the woolly mammoth. In what must be one of the world’s only Jurassic adoptions ever -one of the best and most complete examples of a woolly mammoth skeleton appeared on eBay in 2004. Affectionately named ‘Max’ by its previous owner, he was eventually sold for the sum of £61,000.

Scarlett Johansson’s Snotty Tissues. Pretty self-explanatory. Scarlett Johansson had a bit of a sniffle; she blew her nose into a tissue that she had handy. But rather than throw away the used handkerchief, the sexy starlet decided to sign it and put it on eBay to raise money for charity. In a demonstration of just how desperate some people are for their fifteen minutes of fame, the tissue sold for £3,600.

Rhino Poo. Apparently animals just aren’t as appealing as celebrities – When the International Rhino Foundation tried to sell rhino poo online to raise money for charity, the African excrement was left un-bought.

A man’s entire life. We all have FML days, but Ian Usher got so fed up with his life that he decided to sell it all online. The winning bidder got the desperate Australian’s house, car, job, and introductions to his friends, all for the bargain price of around £200,000.




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