The World’s Weirdest Auction Items 


According to universal wisdom ‘everything has its price’.  When one looks at some of the weird items that have been sold at auction, there appears to be truth to the adage. 

Although I’d be more inclined to spend my hard earned cash playing Vegas games online, there are obviously folk who are attracted to rare and bizarre collectibles… and are prepared to pay top dollar for the privilege of ownership.

Let’s take a look at a few of the more unusual items that have gone under the hammer:

Skeletal Remains of a Dead Fairy

We’ve all been delighted by tales of fairies, those tiny little fantasy creatures that spread magic where ever they go.  Who can forget Wendy in Peter Pan or those diminutive little fairy folk who feature prominently in JRR Tolkien’s books The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings?

Of course we all know fairies are creatures of our collective imaginations and they don’t really exist at all… or do they?  A wily British prop maker set the cat among the proverbial pigeons when he crafted a delicate little skeleton of what can only be described as a deceased fairy and promptly put it up for auction.  After a protracted bidding war, the skeletal remains sold for $600.  Not bad for a quick hour’s work!

Winston Churchill’s Denture   

Winston Churchill is known and loved for many things; his incorrigible sense of humour, his no-nonsense attitude to the spread of fascism, his early morning whiskies and his outlandishly large Cuban cigars.  The popular British Prime Minister was also known for his parliamentary floor crossing and occasional closed-mouth smile.

It’s the latter attribute that was rather odd considering the revered statesmen sported a nifty gold plated denture, the very same denture that was auctioned off for a whopping $21,400 in 2010!  Now who on earth would want Churchill’s false teeth?  A dentist perhaps?

William Shatner’s Kidney Stone  

Canadian actor William Shatner is best known for his role as Captain Kirk in the blockbuster Star Wars movie franchise.  Although his antics on the bridge of the USS Enterprise propelled him to superstar status, Shatner has appeared in a host of popular TV series including TJ Hooker, 3rd Rock from the Sun and most recently Boston Legal.

You may think that an actor of his stature would auction off Star Wars memorabilia.  Instead the aging mega star looked deep within and auctioned off a kidney stone for a jaw dropping $25,000.  The money was later donated to charity but what the buyer has done with the crystalline mass is anyone’s guess!

A Black Densuka Watermelon

Who would have thought that a single watermelon could demand a purchase price of between $3,000 and $5,000… and have buyers fighting over it?  Well that’s exactly what happens in Japan in June each year when a limited number of pitch black Densuka watermelons are auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Along with the novelty factor, these exceptionally rare fruit are apparently sweeter and crunchier to the taste than any other watermelon on earth.  To add weight to the rarity factor, Densuka watermelons only grow on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido and the season is cut short by the icy weather and heavy snowfalls. Watermelon anyone?

JD Salinger’s Commode 

JD Salinger was an iconic American writer who gave us the literary classics of The Catcher in the Rye, Franny and Zooey and a host of other novels and short stories.  Although his books still sell like hot cakes, the man himself was a bit of a recluse.  Salinger suffered from post traumatic stress after he was one of the first allies to enter the German concentration camp at Dachau at the end of World War II.

The talented, though emotionally challenged, writer apparently had a soft spot for comfortable toilets, as is evident from a commode that was recently listed on E-bay for a cool $1 million.  The toilet was apparently installed in 1962 and later removed by a couple who bought his house in New Hampshire.  It’s not abundantly clear whether the commode reached its listed auction price.

Jasmine’s Virginity          

A young London student going by the name of Jasmine is just one of a mob of vestal virgins who are auctioning off their virginity to the highest bidder.  The exclusivity factor is allegedly the driving force behind the million plus dollar bids.  Jasmine has apparently turned down the cash advances of a Munich businessman and a Manchester United footballer and opted for the suave attentions of a Hollywood movie star instead.

What’s even more alarming is that the ‘transactions’ are arranged by a German escort company that takes a 20 percent cut of the purchase price.  The deal – valued at a around $1.48 million – will apparently be sealed at a Munich hotel in the not too distant future.  Is your daughter looking for a nice little nest egg?

HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s Wedding Cake 

A slice of humble pie – or should we say cake – went under the hammer in 2013 for $800 .  It’s claim to fame?  It’s bit piece of the incumbent Queen of England’s wedding cake and has prevailed for more than 70 years.  Along with the traditional fruit mixture, I wonder what the bakers put into the cake to make it last more than half a century.  Cement?

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