9 Weirdest Celebrity Items Sold At Auction
From kidney stones, to extracted teeth, to clumps of hair—here are some of the most bizarre celebrity items on the auction block.
Whether or not we like to admit it, celebrities fascinate us. We buy their albums, watch their movies and read every news item we can find. And, for some, the absorption doesn’t abate when the celeb passes away—in fact, it sometimes only increases their interest.
But some people go one step further: there are those who have paid exorbitant sums for some incredibly strange (read: gross) personal items.
Here, some of the most fascinating items that made it onto the auction block.
In September 2016, Truman Capote’s ashes were sold for nearly $44,000, complete with the wooden box they were kept in. How did the In Cold Blood author’s remains make its way onto the auction block? After he died on August 25, 1984, his ashes went to longtime friend Joanne Carson (the second wife of legendary TV host, Johnny Carson) and she kept the box on display in her home. But when she died at 83 in 2015, her estate put the remains up for auction.
All you Seinfeld fans out there should be made aware that the cat-face oven mitt that is seen hanging in Jerry’s apartment is currently still up for grabs on eBay…you know, should you happen to have approximately $10,000 lying around.
While it’s not the first time celebrities have sold their hair online, there’s something so much more iconic about buying Willie Nelson’s lopped off braids. They were sold for $37,000 in 2014. I guess that counts as two for the price of one?
One of the biggest “ick” moments in the online bidding world goes to whoever bought William Shatner’s kidney stone for a whopping $25,000. Although it was for a good cause (the money went to a housing charity), we can only hope the prized item is not on display.
Not to be outdone by that uber Shatner fan, someone spent $8,000 on soiled underwear that once belonged to the King. An added bonus (…if could say that): It came already framed! Thankfully, not all Elvis auction items are as gross—his Bible (complete with handwritten notes) sold for $94,000 and a fistful of his hair went for an astronomical $115,000.
The former Beatle once gifted his housekeeper with one of his extracted teeth. …Isn’t that sweet? (The verdict is still out on that one.) The housekeeper then went and auctioned her prized possession off for $31,000 in 2011. Now the Alberta-based dentist who purchased the tooth wants to clone the musician.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
In what is quite possibly the lamest auction purchase of all time, a fan of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (RIP, Brangelina) sold a bag of the actors’…breath. The seller claimed it was “caught” while attending a red carpet premiere in which the former Hollywood power couple were present. That bag of air sold for $530.
Remember Gary Coleman, the late star of Diff’rent Strokes? In 2008, a pair of his Gap Kids sweatpants sold on eBay for $400,000—or so it seemed. It turned out the winning bidder was a fraud, so the auction was discontinued, much to the cash-strapped Colemans’ disappointment. Jimmy Kimmel, however, swooped in to save the day, putting down $500 for ownership of the sweats.
And finally, an item that falls into the “cool” category: In 2009, British film buff John Dwyer purchased a movie in an online auction called Charlie Chaplin in Zepped. Turns out the seven-minute animated short (ca. 1916) was a “lost” film from the famous actor-writer-director. It had been made “in support of the British First World War effort” and features an animated Tramp as he defeats a German Zeppelin aircraft and saves the day. This incredibly rare film is said to be valued at more than $63,000—and it was purchased by Dwyer for a mere $5. Talk about a steal!