What if -- for some reason -- you wanted to buy the mummified carcass of a cat slam-dunking a mummified bird? You may think you'd be out of luck. But you'd be wrong.
eBay has made buying everything from jeans to video games at a discount a whole lot easier. It's also helped buyers and sellers meet for sales of less common products.
Last week, a bizarre auction popped up on the site with a very to-the-point and jarring title: "mummified cat slam dunking a mummified bird." The sale page featured a photo depicting the petrified corpse of a cat hanging on the rim of a miniature basketball hoop, with an alleged dead bird stuck in the net. The asking price for this insane item? A starting bid of $550, with a Buy-It-Now price of $750.
Though the sale eventually disappeared from eBay, plenty of other strange (albeit much less morbid) sales have made it onto the site -- some of them even securing high prices. Some items, such as a "slightly used soul" or a "Ghost In A Jar" incited unrealistic bids and were taken down by eBay, but other oddities have made it to purchase.
Check out some of the weirdest items ever sold on eBay below:
Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese
For one reason or another, Diana Duyser of south Florida held onto a grilled cheese sandwich resembling the Virgin Mary for over 10 years. But in 2004, Duyser got some bread for her bread, <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6511148/ns/us_news-weird_news/t/virgin-mary-grilled-cheese-sells/#.UGYFt_nuXDU">selling the holy cheese sandwich to online casino GoldenPalace.com for $28,000</a>.
William Shatner's Kidney Stone
After suffering backaches on the set of "Boston Legal" in 2006, actor <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4623280.stm">William Shatner had to undergo an operation to have a kidney stone removed</a>. The actor, envisioning a bizarre charitable opportunity, retrieved the kidney stone from his doctors along with the surgical stint and string used to permit passage of the stone. GoldenPalace.com once again swooped in for another high-profile purchase, paying $25,000 in the auction. All of the money from the sale was donated to Habitat for Humanity.
Illinois Corn Flake
In 2008, the McIntire sisters of Virginia <a href="http://articles.nydailynews.com/2008-03-22/news/17893751_1_flake-ebay-friday-night-monty-kerr"> sold a piece of Corn Flakes cereal shaped like the state of Illinois for $1,350</a> to Monty Kerr, owner of trivia website TriviaMania.com. Kerr bought the corn flake for his traveling museum of pop culture and Americana-related items.
Doritos Chip Shaped Like the Pope's Hat
After the purchase of the Virgin Mary grilled cheese, the stakes got even cheesier -- and perhaps more sacrilegious -- when <a href="http://www.goldenpalaceevents.com/auctions/popechip01.php">GoldenPalace.com purchased a Doritos chip resembling the Pope's Mitre, or tall hat, for $1,209 in 2005</a>. The chip was sold by the Chadwick family of Salem, Mass., who saw their beloved chip live on forever in the form of merchandise and worship on <a href="http://www.popehatchip.com/">PopeHatChip.com</a>.
Justin Timberlake's French Toast
N'Sync was all the rage in 2000. Enough so that 19-year-old fan Kathy Summers <a href="http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,275759,00.html">paid $1,025 for band member Justin Timberlake's half-eaten French toast</a>. The bread in question was left over from a pre-interview breakfast Timberlake ate at New York's Z100 radio station in March 2000.
In 2004, Navy Petty Officer Mike Evans made the startling discovery of a seriously oversized Cheeto in a bag he had bought for his 3-year-old son. <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/internet/03/05/offbeat.big.cheeto/index.html">Evans's eBay auction for the Cheeto went viral, with pranksters bidding millions</a>, eventually causing eBay to shut the auction down. But the Cheeto had one serious buyer: the town of Algona, Iowa, and its 5,970 residents. Algona residents raised $180 to bid on the Cheeto, but Evans eventually gave it to the town for free. Frito-Lay, the creator of Cheetos, added a $1,000 pledge to the local food bank.
Britney Spears' Half-Eaten Sandwich
The remains of a sandwich Britney Spears nibbled on in 2006 were <a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/entertainment/2006-09/06/content_683030.htm">purchased by GoldenPalace.com for over $500</a>. But Brit's sandwich wasn't the best part of the purchase -- the website also received the unfinished corndog of the pop singer's now ex-husband, Kevin Federline. What a steal.
"Save Martha" and Other Advertisement Tattoos
For some very brave (or foolish) people, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/18/tattoo-ads-human-billboards_n_1894235.html">putting up your skin on eBay for advertisement tattoos</a> can prove to be lucrative. One such person was Long Island man Joe Tamargo, who in 2005 <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2005/01/25/news/funny/tattooformartha/">auctioned off tattoo space on his skin for $510</a>. The winning website was SaveMartha.com, a site that was dedicated to keeping Martha Stewart out of prison following her indictment for securities fraud. The site is no longer online. Tamargo would go on to launch the now defunct website LivingAdSpace.com, where he auctioned off space on his body for temporary or permanent advertisement tattoos.
An 18-Year-Old's Virginity
Some resort to desperate measures in order to be able to pay for college. In 2010, an <a href="http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3083258/Teen-girl-sells-virginity-to-Brit.html">18-year-old Hungarian teen incited a bidding war on eBay for her virginity</a>. Only known as "Miss Spring," the teen said she wanted to pay off her family's debts and pursue her dreams of going to school to become a doctor. The winning bidder was a British man who shelled out £200,000.
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