10 Bizarre Celebrity Items Put Up For Auction
Celebrity paraphernalia is a hot commodity. Whether it's something worn by a star or used as a prop in a movie, television show or music video there is definitely a market for remembrances of pop-culture.
Sometimes, however, that line can get a bit creepy, be it something that contains a celebrity's bodily fluids, was once worn on an intimate part of their body or was consumed by them. Or, you know, partially consumed.
In this list you'll find the weirdest celebrity items ever auctioned off, and just how much dough people were willing to shell out to own them. Thanks, humanity, for your constant fodder!
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Breath - $523
You may not be able to sell animals, people, souls or ghosts on eBay but apparently you can sell jars claiming to hold the breath of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie! Well, at least according to one intrepid seller whose item description included the phrase, "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." Sounds legit.
Justin Bieber's Snake - $1,000
Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber brought his pet snake, Johnson, as his date to the 2011 MTV Movie Awards only to later auction it off to raise money for Pencils of Promise, which builds schools in needy countries. Winning bidder Michael Kronick snapped up the snake at auction because he felt bad for it, later donating it to the Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo so he could have a better life. Which is a better deal than Mally the Monkey got.
Justin Timberlake's Partially Eaten French Toast - $3,154
Justin Timberlake was at the radio station Z-100 doing an interview and eating French Toast when he didn't even finish it! So what did Z-100 do? They decided to post the half-eaten breakfast on eBay, complete with foodstuffs, fork and plate. How do you even ship that? Never one to let an opportunity pass by, one obsessed N'SYNC fan dropped a lot of money on the breakfast, but it's all good because all the proceeds from the sale ended up going to charity.
Katy Perry's Cupcake Trampoline - $4,966
Used during her California Dreams tour, Katy Perry sold her specially made cupcake trampoline to raise money for the relief effort in Japan following 2011's earthquake and tsunami combo. The event was organized by Perry's record company EMI, but the lucky winner had to wait until after Perry's tour was over in 2012 to actually receive their prize. We hope it was worth the wait.
Scarlett Johansson's Used Tissue - $5,300
While this auction item is creepy, it's partially for a good cause so we guess it's okay. Scarlett Johansson was on 'The Tonight Show' with a cold when host Jay Leno handed her a tissue which she used. She then plopped it in a bag, signed it and put it on eBay, claiming it should be worth a lot because she originally got the cold from Samuel L. Jackson. All proceeds went to the hunger charity USA Harvest.
Elvis Presley's Used and Slightly Soiled Underwear - $7,745
The world was thrown into an uproar when it was announced that a pair of used and soiled underwear worn in 1977 by Elvis Presley were going up for auction and expected to earn $16,000. Thankfully, faith in humanity was slightly restored and the garments fell short of the $11,000 reserve. Instead, the big winner of the night was Presley's bible, which was sold for a whopping $92,000.
Lady Gaga's Fingernail - $13,000
When a worker at the concert center in Dublin, Ireland found a nail worn by Lady Gaga laying on the floor they took advantage of the opportunity and put the Aya Fukada designed claw up for auction. The winner also received a tour package complete with photos of Mother Monster and memorabilia from her tour, including a crew T-shirt and staff handbook.
Britney Spears' Used Chewing Gum - $14,000
Britney Spears used chewing gum was put up on eBay in 2004. One dishonest eBayer who bid against themselves drove up the price, which sent a flurry of similar auctions (over two dozen) up on the site when people saw how much the masticated rubber went for. Brit Brit certainly loves her gum, but we doubt she spits it out that much in front of people. Other similar items for sale it that same year? Used cigarette butts and tissues.
Madonna's Answering Machine Messages - ???
A sexy answering machine message left for Madonna's ex-boyfriend Jim Albright (yes, from back when answering machines used cassette tapes) was auctioned off back in 2009. The two-cassette tapes were expected to earn around $40,000 and we're assuming the winning bidder had an old-school answering machine left around to play them on. Other Madonna items auctioned off at the same time were faxed love letters, also to Albright. Gee, we wonder who the seller was.
Marilyn Monroe's Chest X-Rays - $45,000
The big winner of weirdo auctions however would have to be of chest X-Rays taken of the then 28-year-old stunner Marilyn Monroe's chest and lungs. "[The x-ray] was taken around the time she was believed to be pregnant, and rumor has it that she had a miscarriage," said President and CEO of Julien's Auctions of the item. Also sold at the same auction was a chair from Marilyn's final photo shoot, which went for $35,000. Only in Vegas.