7 most bizarre things bought for thousands of dollars

  • 08 Sep - 14 Sep, 2018
  • Mag The Weekly
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What items come to your mind when you think about an auction? A famous designer’s piece of clothing, an artist’s painting or a celebrity’s tresses maybe? But, there are some items that have been put up for auction that would truly stretch the limits of your imagination. Compiled from Hindustan Times, here is a list of a few of the most peculiar items that have not only been auctioned but also BOUGHT!

1. A slice From Queen Elizabeth’s wedding cake

In 2013, a piece of cake from Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s 1947 wedding cake sold for around £560. The slice, which is still edible thanks to its high alcohol content, was bought by an unnamed bidder from Los Angeles. The four-tiered, 9ft cake was nicknamed “the 10,000-mile wedding cake” after its ingredients were flown to the UK from South Africa and Australia.

2. A violin from the Titanic

The instrument belonged to Wallace Hartley, who played it as the Titanic was sinking and was also amongst the ones who died in the tragedy. The violin was sold for £900,000 within 10 minutes of the auction that took place in 2013 in Wiltshire.

3. Brangelina’s breath

A jar containing former Hollywood power couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s breath reportedly sold for a paltry £340 in 2010. The seller’s advert said, “Be the first to win this jar of celebrity air, which may contain air molecules that came in direct contact with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.” Well, that’s pushing it a bit too much now!

4. Justin Timberlake’s half-eaten French toast

After Justin visited the radio station Z-100, he left behind his half-eaten breakfast. Little did he know that the station would put the item up for auction. Surprisingly, an excited N-Sync fan bought it for $3,154 and the proceeds went to Timberlake’s charity.

5. Scarlett Johansson’s used tissue

This just keeps getting worse. We don’t know what anyone would want to do with the starlet’s snot, but what we do know is that someone bought it! Weirder too, Scarlett blew into the tissue whilst on an American chat show and announced that she would sell it for charity. It raised $5,000 for the non-profit organisation, USA Harvest.

6. Britney Spears’ used chewing gum

When the artist shaved her head in 2007, her hairstylist put up her locks for sale for $1 million. The general public believed that the asking price was a bit much and the item was soon removed from the selling site. What’s funny though is that on another occasion, one of Britney’s fans actually bought her USED piece of gum for $14,000.

7. JK Rowling’s chair

The chair that author JK Rowling sat on to write the first two Harry Potter books recently sold at an auction in New York for nearly $400,000. Rowling picked up the furniture piece for free when she was struggling for cash back in the day.