The 5 Strangest Things Ever Sold on eBay

The website eBay has been around for more than 20 years and is the world’s number one online auction hub. Millions of pounds are spent on eBay worldwide. Most of what is sold are run-of-the mill goods and products – I find it’s great for bike spares for example.

But what about some of the weirder things to be sold on eBay? Have there been any really strange or shocking sales over the years? After a bit of research and a few laughs, here’s my top five.

The 5 Strangest Things Ever Sold on eBay

1. Foodstuffs bearing the Image of the Virgin Mary

Over the years there have been a number of stories about everything from potato crisps, vegetables and chocolate chip cookies having the likeness of the Holy Mother. However one cheese sandwich rules over all.

In 2004, Floridian mum Diane Duyser sold her holy sarnie for $28,000. According to her, the snack hadn’t gone mouldy in 10 years – a real holy relic.

2. Britney Spears’ Pregnancy Test

This one is pretty gross and up there for weirdness: In 2005, a pregnancy test reported to belong to the pop singer was sold for $5001. The test was never verified as being geniune and speculation continues as to whether the buyer who paid five grand for a urine soaked stick should be allowed to mix with general society.

3. The Meaning of Life

In 2000, one North Carolina resident claimed to have discovered the ‘reason for existence’ adding that he would be happy to share it with the successful eBay shopper.

Sadly for him (and probably for the human race), his priceless knowledge turned out to have a price – the princely sum of $3.26. Let’s just hope he got good feedback!

4. The ‘Hollywood Sign’

This isn’t the one you can see now if you travel to Beverly Hills. Instead the original sign from the 1920’s sold for a reasonable $450,400 – a bargain for such an iconic piece of history. The sign actually read ‘Hollywoodland’ and was replaced in 1978.

The seller Dan Bliss, 35 had salvaged the sign from storage and owned it for 2 years before deciding to auction it off.

5. An Australian Stag Party

If you’ve ever had to arrange a stag or a hen party, you’ll know it’s a heck of a lot of work. One enterprising group of friends from Australia decided that a business opportunity beckoned and offered their services for an instant party.

The gathering, which sold for $1300 Australian dollars, included all beer and snacks as well as ‘laughs’.  Any suggestion that this in part inspired the movie ‘The Hangover’ has been dismissed as speculation.

Summary – Weird Stuff being Sold on eBay

This is just a scratch on the surface in terms of weird stuff sold on eBay. While these are the 5 strangest things ever sold on eBay, there have been hundreds of auctions selling all kind of weird items. Many of the truly weird (and gross) items were pulled or didn’t sell (a human liver anyone?) but for those who made thousands selling toast, parties or trash for thousands, we salute you.


Jim Miller

Jim has been buying and selling on eBay for over 15 years! He's sold (and bought) some weird stuff and still uses it to buy all kinds of deals. When he's not cruising online bargains, Jim likes to write and help others spot a bargain and make money.

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