eBay is the world’s biggest and most popular auction site, and with a bit of hunting you can find almost anything on the site. Most of us use eBay to get rid of old clutter, or to buy household items, technology, and clothing for bargain prices. However, every now and then something so out of the ordinary pops up that it commands staggering sums of money.
Here are 10 of the most expensive things ever sold on eBay.
Any serious super villain needs one of these – a mammoth boat with a built-in helicopter garage. Measuring 405-foot in length, the “giga-yacht,” from builder Frank Mulder ended up being sold for an enormous $140 million – making it one of the most expensive item on eBay ever sold.
Sold on eBay in 2005, the yacht contained a full ten suites, each over multiple levels and with large panoramic windows. A further eight guest cabins, a beauty salon, a private cinema room, a fitness room, and an office area made it the ultimate vessel for setting sail in style.
2. Navy F/A-18A Hornet
In 2004, Mike Landa listed a McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A Hornet, a supersonic combat aircraft, with a starting price of a little over one million dollars. This may sound like a steep asking price, but when compared to the $29 million the government would have paid for it new, it seems like a bargain.
The fighter jet was sold disassembled so that it could be shipped to the highest bidder. However, Landa was not only selling the jet and for an extra $9 million he was willing to throw in some extras including bomb racks.
3. Gulfstream II
In 2001, a private jet fetched a staggering $4.9 million which at the time was the most valuable transaction ever made on the auction site. This total has since been topped, but it is particularly impressive considering that eBay was at the time in its infancy.
The luxurious Gulfstream II private jet, which seats 12, was purchased by a charter-flight company. Based in Africa, they were happy to fork over almost 45 million to Tyler Jet, a business plane seller.
4. Power lunch with Warren Buffet
How much does a lunch date with the world’s third richest man raise for charity? In 2010, an anonymous bidder spent $2.6 million for a power lunch with Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and known as the Oracle of Omaha. Every year Buffet auctions the lunch meeting to raise funds for a church in San Francisco and their work feeding the hungry. These charity auctions regularly become the most expensive items on eBay.
5. Atlas F missile base
What could make a better rural retreat than a decommissioned missile base? The cold war era bunker, built my the Defense Department to house intercontinental ballistic missiles, sold for $2.1 million in 2002. Designed to be able to withstand a direct missile hit, it has since been converted into a home with its own jacuzi and private airstrip.
6. Bridgeville, California
One of the more unusual items sold on eBay has to be the town of Bridgeville California. In 2002 Bridgeville became the first town to be sold on eBay, and for the winning bid of $1.77 million the new owner got 83 acres with 8 houses, a café and a post office. The town boasts some spectacular views, which are part of the reason why it has changed hands 2 more times since 2002 for increasing sums of money each time.
7. Honus Wagner baseball card
If you found yourself with $1.2 million you just had to spend on eBay, what would your top choice be? A private jet or an antique piece of jewellery perhaps? Neither of these options appealed to Brian Seigel, who in 2000 chose to drop over a million dollars on a baseball card.
The card, featuring Pittsburg player Honus Wagner, dates from 1909, and not only is it very rare but this card in particular was owned by LA Kings owner Bruce McNall and Canadian ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky.
8. Enzo Ferrari
An Enzo Ferrari supercar, one of a tiny limited batch of 399, clocked up a staggering $1 million in 2004, when a Swiss bidder’s won the luxury auto. The price-tag set a record for the most expensive item sold over the online auction site in Europe.
The Dubai police currently plans on following this example, by auctioning an Enzo confiscated in the city and which is valued at $1.6 million
9. ‘Shoeless’ Joe’s baseball bat
In 2001 a baseball bat that once belonged to Major League player “Shoeless” Joe Jackson was auctioned by his nephew on eBay. The bat was retired in 1920 after 12 years of use and sold for $577,610. That purchase price got it the record for the most expensive baseball bat in the world.
Jackson’s favorite bat, which he used over his long career, was called Black Betsy. 32 inches in length, it weighed 48 ounces and was made of hickory. While he used other bats in his career, Black Betsy was the only one he kept in use.
10. Ian Usher’s worldly goods
What would it take for you to see all your worldly belongings to a stranger over the internet? Ian Usher – a british skydiver – was suffering marital problems and and desired a change in life. Hoping to get this change, he decided to sell all of his possessions. That included a three-bedroom house, parachuting equipment,and an old and run down Mazda.
As well as his belongings, Ian sold introductions to his friends, and a trial position as a sales assistant at the shop where he was working at the time. He described the bundle of items for sale as the chance for someone to take over his life. Ian Usher said he was a “little bit disappointed” by the winning bid of $309,292.
But it turned out well. Some four years later Ian had fallen in love with a Canadian woman and bought an island in the Caribbean.