Dummy for a million, or strange lots
“To sell something unnecessary, you need to buy something unnecessary,” the hero of the legendary Soviet cartoon used to say. Auctions on the Internet have become an excellent platform for trading strange goods, buyers for which it would be impossible to find without the World Wide Web. We give examples of the most unusual purchases “under the hammer” in the history of auctions.
One of the strangest lots recently left the popular eBay auction. A woman from Iowa purchased a piece of fried chicken, in the structure of which, with the imagination and sufficient practice in examining Rorschach’s spots, one can see the profile of American President Washington. On this perishable “artifact” there was a buyer who did not regret 8.1 thousand US dollars for a nugget. The fried chicken has been kept by the lady since 2009.
But the real record, 28 thousand dollars, was achieved during the bidding for a rotten bitten cheese sandwich, on which you can allegedly see the image of the Virgin Mary. The sandwich was 10 years old at the time of the sale, but it was destined to be almost eternal: GoldenPalace.com, the company that bought the rot, said that the price of moldy organics would rise. After some time, another seller tried to test the demand for food architecture, but the chip in the shape of a seahorse did not cause much excitement.
But all this is by no means the strangest food items. An unknown seller auctioned used chewing gum. As the owner of this “asset” assures, this chewing gum is not simple, but “star”, saturated with saliva and microbes of Britney Spears herself. For greater persuasiveness, the description said that the gum supposedly contains the singer’s DNA. Oddly enough, many people wanted to acquire elements of the contents of the internal cavities of the body Spears. But when the price for chewing it was not clear by whom it was possible to raise the gum to $ 400, the auction decided to stop bidding. However, after the description was changed in accordance with the rules of the service, the mockery continued …
A very specific item of another celebrity was sold on the Internet in May of this year. The old cowards of Queen Elizabeth II were sold for $ 18 thousand. Moreover, the queen supposedly forgot this item of her toilet in a private jet back in 1968. “Relic” in contact with the intimate parts of the body of the then young queen, all these years, a certain Hungarian aristocrat Joseph de Bisco Dobroni kept. But his heirs did not appreciate the fetish and decided to put it up for sale. I wonder if the royal house bought the pants of an elderly monarch?
At the eBay online auction you can buy the wax head of the famous physicist Albert Einstein, which is made in real size and, according to the seller, made by order of the scientist himself. As confirmed by an autographed physicist at the back of the head. A physicist can get an empty head before July 11 of this year, if there is a desire to spend one and a half million dollars. That is the starting price of the lot.
In June, the organizers of an auction in the United States removed the crypt of Elvis Presley from the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis due to objections from the singer’s long-living fans. Presley’s body decomposed in the crypt only a couple of months after his death in 1977, after which it was reburied in the family estate. The crypt was estimated at 100 thousand dollars with a bonus in the form of access to the cemetery chapel, where funeral services and other funeral services are held.
In the Finnish city of Turku they sold an even more necessary thing in winter – snow. A cubic meter of snow on eBay was offered for only 2 euros. No buyers found. It is also unknown whether the lame gelding, which was put up for sale by the Latvian Highway Department (!!!), found a new owner. For the horse Pipping sellers wanted 77 euros and 52 cents. It is hoped that the horse did not go to the meat factory …
But selling the vote before the US presidential election turned out to be serious problems for American Tim Hubbard. He offered his vote in favor of any candidate for 25 thousand dollars. Law enforcement officers on the Internet did not doze off and soon visited a market-oriented American on an official visit, after which the lot was withdrawn for violation of election law, and the seller was arrested. There you have the freedom of choice …
Caught on the Internet and very attractive offers. The recent trend is the sale of cities and villages. The village of Pratarichchia in Tuscany (Italy) was put up for sale as a single lot due to the fact that the owners of houses in this village could not sell them.
The object, I must say, is not bad. In the town there are 25 buildings in need of repair, 5 thousand square meters of land and 8 hectares of agricultural land are attached to them. The place is excellent – nearby is the forest National Park Casentino, with the oldest trees in Europe.