As of 2015, eBay has over 165 million active users. With thousands of listings each day, it’s no surprise that on occasion people can make more on one item than they’ve made all year! Here are a few of those items!
The Hollywood Sign
Selling Price: $450,400
Not the one you see vandalized regularly today, but rather the one that was taken down years ago. What one could possibly do with a 50-foot-high sign is not yet known, but obviously it was worth almost half a million dollars. The sign was built in 1923 at a cost of $21,000. Considering it later sold for over $450,000, I’d say that’s quite the investment! Until 1949, it actually read “Hollywoodland” when the city decided to remove the last four letters and preserve it.
In 1978 it was replaced when a group of celebrities decided to buy the letters individually.
Selling Price: $700,000
Believe it or not, this isn’t the only city that was ever sold on eBay, but it is likely the most memorable. It started when Bruce Krall purchased the 83-acre town in 2002 when it was listed on eBay. It first sold for $1.77m but the buyer reneged and allowed Bruce Krall to swoop in and buy it for $700,000.
Just a few years later, Daniel Thomas La Paille, purchased the town for $1.25 million on August 3, 2006 from the original owner. His dream was to create a peaceful community.
But just three months later, Daniel La Paille committed suicide when he shot himself in the chest. After his death, the town was put on the market for $1.3 million and was later sold for $900,000. The history of this town is so unique, it is unknown if one owner can keep it for more than a few years.
“Virgin Mary” Grilled Cheese
Selling Price: $28,000
So less than $30,000 may not be a fortune for many, but considering the circumstances, I’d say it was worth every penny…for the seller.
The grilled cheese sandwich would appear like any other to most, but a few see a strange resemblance to Mary, Mother of Jesus in the toast. The owner kept the sandwich for ten years before posting it on eBay. In all that time, it never molded. So, perhaps it does have some sort of…mystical powers.
Letter Written by Albert Einstein
Selling Price: $3,000,100
If it wasn’t the pure fact that this letter was written by Albert Einstein, it was the content that fetched such a hefty price.
The private letter that was written to the Jewish philosopher Eric Gutkind gave us insight into Einstein’s beliefs. Einstein wrote, “…The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can change this…”
The seller purchased the letter for $404,000, bringing in quiet the profit.
Lunch with Warren Buffett
Selling Price: $3,456,789
Bet you didn’t know that charity auctions were listed on eBay! One in particularly profitable listing was recorded in 2016 when the annual auction hit a record price of over $3,400,000. It was an auction for “Lunch with Warren Buffett” whose starting bud was $25,000.
The bidder was anonymous as his only purpose was to donate the proceeds to charity.
Honus Wagner Baseball Card
Selling Price: $3.12 million
The 1909-11 T206 Honus Wagner baseball card is the most famous and valuable baseball card in the world. The card was in a near-mint condition and currently holds the record for the most expensive baseball card ever purchased on eBay.
Action Comics #1
Selling Price: $3,207,852
Action Comics #1 introduced Superman to the world in 1938. So it’s really no surprise that such a comic would be highly sought after. This comic holds the record the highest price ever paid for a comic book. Only about 50 copies of this unrestored comic still exist in the world today.
Crypt above Marilyn Monroe’s
Selling Price: $4.6-million
Not many people will buy their own crypt, but obviously someone is willing to pay top dollar for theirs.
Elsie Poncher, whose husband Richard Poncher, who was previously entombed above Marilyn Monroe, had to sell the crypt in order to pay her mortgage. After a rough ordeal with various buyers, the seller finally sold it for $4.6 million. Other crypts in the mausoleum are selling for closer to $250,000, much lower than the price of a crypt next to Marilyn Monroe.