Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of eBay. At any given time, there are 800 million listings on eBay, but few of them are as bizarre as the following:
- Justin Timberlake’s half-eaten French toast, left behind after an interview with a New York radio station, sold for $1,025 in 2000. A DJ put the leftover breakfast up for auction, and a 19-year-old superfan placed the winning bid.
- William Shatner’s kidney stone fetched $25,000 in 2006, raising money for a housing charity. “This takes organ donors to a new height, to a new low, maybe,” the actor said. “How much is a piece of me worth?
- A single corn flake sold for about $1.63 (£1.20) in 2004. The seller, an English university student, said “there were no takers at first.” eBay had told him to withdraw the listing because he had no “Best Before” date, but he managed to complete the transaction just in time.
- A suit of armor for a guinea pig fetched $1,150 in 2013. The creator promised that the tiny hand-made suit (and matching helmet) would keep a “guinea pig protected and secure in all situations.”
- The meaning of life. A mystical North Carolina man back in 2000 wrote: “I have discovered the reason for existence and will be happy to share this information with the highest bidder.” Since then, neither the buyer nor seller has gone public with the contents of his revelation. It was sold for only $3.26.
- The town of Bridgeville, California. The 83-acre town became famous in 2002 for being the first in history to be put up for auction on eBay. It was originally sold for $1.77m but the buyer backed out of the deal only for it to be bought by businessman Bruce Krall for $700,000. Krall put the town up for sale again in 2006 for a starting price of $1.75m. According to the BBC News website, the price included three cows, eight houses, and a post office.