10 Highest-Priced Items Ever Sold on eBay

Ebay is a popular online marketplace for people to sell to each other. It has its share of strange auctions. These auctions, however, stand out for being far and above what any normal person can afford.

Starting at $1 million, these are the highest-priced eBay auctions ever sold. To be clear, there have been several high priced auctions listed, but these are the ones that actually sold (with the possible exception of the top slot).

10. $1 Million Enzo Ferrari

There have been several high-priced sports cars listed on eBay. This Enzo Ferrari sold in 2004 is the most expensive one successfully sold. The model was built in 2002 and only 399 were ever made. They originally sold for $659,330, but the value has since skyrocketed to over $3.5 million. That makes this $1 million buy a great deal for the lucky bidder.

9. $1.3 Million Honus Wagner Cigarette Card

In 1909, the American Tobacco Company produced approximately 50 copies of this card featuring the image of Honus Wagner. It was part of its T206 set which was inserted into packs of cigarettes. It has fetched up to $2.8 million in auctions and is considered the “holy grail” of baseball cards. Brian Siegel bought this one for a $1.27 million from Michael Gidwitz in 2000, making it a brilliant deal for the time.

8. $2.2 Million Adirondack House With a Missile Silo

Realtors Gregory Gibbons and Bruce Francisco purchased a decommissioned missile silo in upstate New York back in 1991. They built a house over it and listed the property on eBay, where it sold for $2.2 million in 2011. It’s a great deal, considering the silo itself cost $18 million to build in 1958, which equates to over $155 million in 2018.

7. $2.5 Million Town of Albert, TX

Several municipalities have sold on eBay, but none for more than the small town of Albert, Texas. This ghost town in Gillespie County was bought by insurance broker Bobby Cave in 2004 for $216,000. It was sold in 2007 for $2.5 million, then listed again in 2009 for only $883,000 (with several changes made to the property borders).

6. $3 Million Albert Einstein God Letter

Albert Einstein is known as one of the greatest scientific minds in human history. This handwritten letter to Jewish philosopher Eric Gutkind explains Einstein’s thoughts on God and sold in October 2012 for just over $3 million. Richard Dawkins wanted the letter, but the high price put it out of his reach. Thankfully the winning bidder has posted its contents for the world to see.

5. $3.2 Million Action Comics #1

Printed in 1938, Action Comics #1 is one of the most famous comic books in history. That’s because it’s the first appearance of Superman. A mint copy of the comic sold on eBay in 2014 for over $3.2 million, making it the most expensive comic ever sold.

4. $3.5 Million Lunch With Warren Buffett

For 18 years now, Warren Buffett has auctioned off a power lunch on eBay for charity. The most expensive one so far was in 2016, where the winning bidder spent $3,456,789 for a brief mealtime chat with the Oracle of Omaha. If you have that kind of money to spend on a lunch, you’re rich enough. I hope the first tip he gives out is to stop wasting so much money on lunches.

3. $4.6 Million Crypt Above Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe’s crypt is frequently visited by fans. Creepy old men also have plans to stalk her in the afterlife, it appears. Hugh Hefner is famously resting in the crypt next door, and the crypt above hers was purchased by Richard Poncher from Joe DiMaggio in 1954. Poncher was inserted face-down so he could face her in the afterlife. His wife, needing money, then sold his crypt in 2009 for $4.6 million and moved him next door into her crypt, stating she’ll be cremated instead. He’s still positioned so he’s facing Monroe.

2. $4.9 Million Gulfstream II Jet

In 2001, Tyler Jets sold a Gulfstream II private jet to an Africa-based charter flights company. The Grunman-designed jet is popular among celebrities, although many own Gulfstream III, IV, and V jets. If you’re looking to fly in style, this is the way to do it.

1. $170 Million Gigayacht

Frank Mulder reportedly designed and sold this gigayacht to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich in 2006. It’s never been confirmed, however, and this is mostly seen as a PR stunt by Mulder. He’s infamous for selling concepts and never actually building the yachts. In addition, the actual gigayacht has never been seen, even 12 years after the auction. Still, it’s a noteworthy event that has eclipsed any other eBay sale (and likely will continue to for years to come).

 

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Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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