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The most expensive eBay auctions ever

The most expensive eBay auctions ever
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It's no secret that you can buy anything on the Internet. Jewelry, clothing, groceries, car parts, computers, smartphones, antiques and basically anything else you can think of.

Collectors' items are also big in demand. The Internet makes it easy to connect people who want obscure items with people who own them.

As the phrase goes, "One man's junk is another man's treasure." If you can find the right buyer for something you have just lying around the house, you could walk away with a ton of money in your pocket.

Just ask the lucky sellers from the 11 most expensive eBay auctions ever. You won't believe some of these items that went for millions, and the most expensive item ever sold will blow your mind!

#11 - Nintendo video game

Starting at number 11 on the list is an old Nintendo cartridge that sold for almost $100,000. Nintendo gave away these super-rare cartridges to winners and finalists at the 1990 Nintendo World Championships. In January, one of these cartridges sold for $99,902. It was originally listed for $5,500.

nintendo championship cartridge

Image courtesy of eBay seller muresan.

#10 - "Grease" hot rod

Number 10 on the highest bids list is the 1949 hot rod that raced Greased Lightning in the hit musical "Grease." A California seller had found the old car and restored the shell, giving it a custom paint job and rebuilding the engine. It sold on eBay for a final price of $180,100. That's more than two Tesla electric sports cars!

Hell's Chariot Grease hot rod

Image courtesy of Mathias Ebeling / Auto Blog.

#9 - 715th home run baseball from Barry Bonds

EBay item number nine is from the San Francisco Giants' own Barry Bonds, who is has the most career home runs in Major League Baseball history. His 715th home run ball sold for $220,100 back in 2006. That is one big sports fan.

barry bonds

Image courtesy of Wikimedia/ Wikipedia Commons.

#8 - Original Hollywoodland sign

After the original "Hollywoodland" sign was taken down, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce sold the sign to a nightclub owner named Hank Berger for about $10,000. Berger turned around and sold the sign to a collector for unknown "six-figure sum" in 2003. The collector, Dan Bliss, then put the sign up on eBay in 2005, where it sold for a cool $450,400.

hollywood sign

Image courtesy of Wikimedia/ Wikipedia Commons.

 #7 - Enzo Ferrari

If you have ever seen an Enzo Ferrari, count yourself lucky. There were only 399 of these hypercars ever made, and one was sold on eBay for $1 million. But don't feel left out. If you've got the cash, there's another one up for sale for only $3.2 million.

enzo ferrari

Image courtesy of Naiyyer / Shutterstock.

 #6 - Honus Wagner baseball/cigarette card

In 1909, a very rare baseball card was issued with a pack of cigarettes featuring the baseball player Johannes Peter "Honus" Wagner, who played 21 seasons almost exclusively for the Pittsburgh Pirates. It's rare because it wasn't an official card, and Wagner objected to the use of his image without his permission, so the card was discontinued. It was sold on eBay in 2000 for $1.1 million plus a 15% buyer's fee, totaling $1.27 million for the most expensive baseball card ever sold at that time.

honus wagner baseball card

Image courtesy of Annex Baseball Blog.

#5 - Einstein's "God Letter"

Albert Einstein wrote a letter to the Jewish philosopher Erik Gutkind, which included Einstein's beliefs that God didn't exist. The letter, which included the stamped and postmarked envelope, was purchased on eBay in 2008 for $404,000. Its latest sale was to an anonymous bidder for $3 million in 2012.


Image courtesy of Wikimedia/ Wikipedia Commons.

#4 - Pristine Action Comics Issue #1

Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 in 1938, and he's been saving the world ever since. A pristine copy was put up for auction on eBay with a starting bid of $0.99. The copy just sold in August of 2014 for a cool $3.3 million. Take that, Marvel!

Action Comics #1

Image courtesy of Action Comics.

#3 - Crypt next to Marilyn Monroe

In 2009, a woman put her husband's crypt up for auction on eBay. This prime real estate was highly coveted because it was the crypt directly above Marilyn Monroe's, and was allegedly purchased from Monroe's former husband Joe DiMaggio. The starting bid of $500,000 was blown out of the water and sold at a whopping $4.6 million. Unfortunately for the seller, the anonymous winning bidder, was a phony and backed out of the sale.

marilyn monroe

Image courtesy of Wikimedia/ Wikipedia Commons.

#2 - Gulfstream II private jet

This luxurious private jet that seats 14 was sold in 2001 to a Texas-based plane charter company for $4.9 million. This sale set the record for the most expensive item ever sold on eBay at the time.

gulfstream II

Image courtesy of Wikimedia/Wikipedia Commons.

#1 - 405-foot "Gigayacht"

EBay made headlines with its most expensive auction ever in 2006 with the sale of the fabulous "Gigayacht." Designed by the famous naval architect Frank Mulder, it's rumored to house a helicopter pad, a movie theater, 10 multilevel suites and eight guest rooms. It was sold for a mind-boggling $170 million.


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