You Won't Believe How Much People Paid for These Weird Celebrity Items
Kurt Cobain's sweater — the famed green cardigan he wore for his MTV Unplugged performance in 1993 — recently sold at auction for $334,000. The piece is nothing special: It's an acrylic/lycra blend with stains holes, and discoloration. It's one redeeming feature? It was once worn by a rock star.
As fans have demonstrated again and again, they are willing to pay exorbitant amounts of money for pretty much anything that belonged to their heroes. Here are some of the most iconic and bizarre celebrity possessions sold at auction.
Michael Keaton's Batman Suit
Michael Keaton was the best Batman. There, we said it. Still, $41,000 for his Batman Returns movie costume seems a bit steep — and it's even worse when you realize that some fan paid that much money for just pieces of the suit.
James Blunt's Sister
Back in the day, James Blunt was a struggling artist just like the rest of us. When his sister had to get to a funeral in Ireland and neither of them could afford the plane ticket, he came up with a creative solution. He sold her on eBay.
John Wayne's Toupee
John Wayne was the epitome of old-time manliness: tall, deep voice good on a horse, great hair. That last one makes it surprising to find out that he actually wore a toupee, and even more to hear that someone paid thousands of dollars for it.
Justin Timberlake's French Toast
In 2000, Justin Timberlake's half-eaten French toast was listed for sale on eBay. The snack had been left behind at New York radio station Z-100 after an interview — and an enterprising DJ realized that it was the perfect opportunity to make a few bucks.
Britney Spears' Gum
Have you ever been sitting in public, say, on a park bench, and your hand accidentally grazed a piece of used chewing gum? Gross! There is nothing more disgusting than touching something that has been in someone else's mouth. Can you see yourself ever paying for that experience?
Gary Coleman's Track Pants
Gary Coleman, best known for his role as Arnold Jackson in Diff'rent Strokes, was one of the most successful child actors of his time. Unfortunately, his parents and business advisor mismanaged his money, and he ended up broke as an adult. In 2008, he was forced to sell a pair of his pants online to pay for dialysis treatments.
Harrison Ford's Whip
In 2017, a Prop Stores Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction offered several high-profile items up for bid, including Harrison Ford’s bullwhip from Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning sequel Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Though the whip was projected to sell for at least $60,000, it only fetched a measly $47k.
Albert Einstein's Notes
Way back in 1922, Albert Einstein found himself in quite the embarrassing predicament: He went out for a meal and didn't have enough cash for a tip. Instead, he wrote the waiter notes on two pieces of paper, saying, "These will be worth something someday."
Audrey Hepburn's Personal Belongings
Audrey Hepburn is one of the greatest icons in the history of film, and more than a quarter-century after her death, the public is still in love with her. The money fetched from an auction of her personal effects — more than seven times the anticipated amount — demonstrates her lasting appeal.
Justin Bieber's Snake
It seems like Justin Bieber is always in the news — and never for anything good. For example, in 2014, he released a couple of videos laden with the n-word. A couple of years later, he spat on fans from a balcony in Canada. And let's not forget about that time he peed in a mop bucket.
Michael Jackson's Underwear
If you've ever found yourself wondering whether Michael Jackson was more of a boxers or a briefs type of man, wonder no more. Back in 2008, a pair of his used, unwashed tighty whities were sold at auction for a cool $1 million.
Madonna's X-Rated Messages
If Madonna is known for anything, it's for being a strong, independent woman who doesn't care what ANYONE thinks. So we have to wonder if she was bothered at all when her saucy messages to then-boyfriend James Albright got leaked.
Marilyn Monroe's X-Rays
The world was shocked when they heard that Marilyn Monroe might have had a little help sculpting her perfect face, but x-rays and medical records auctioned off in 2013 100 percent confirmed that fact. Among the lot were several x-rays, medical records and notes concerning her recovery from ectopic pregnancy.
John Lennon's Molar
When John Lennon lost one of his molars in the 1960s, he gave it to his housekeeper Dorothy Jarlett to dispose of, but later suggested that she keep it. Her daughter was a big fan of the Beatles and might enjoy the unusual gift.
Willie Nelson's Braids
In 1983, Willie Nelson cut off his iconic red braids and gifted them to his close friend, Waylon Jennings. As legend has it, the impromptu haircut happened at a party thrown by June Carter and Johnny Cash to celebrate Jennings' sobriety.
David Bowie's Hair
It would seem that celebrity fans have a thing for hair. In 2016 — the same year as his tragic death — a lock of David Bowie's hair sold at auction for $18,000. An employee originally used the lock to recreate the musician's famous mane for Madame Tussauds, a wax museum.
A Phone Signed by Rihanna
How much is your broken iPhone worth? $150? $200? If it's signed by Rihanna, it can go for a lot more than that! Back in 2014, Rihanna dropped and broke the phone of LA Police Commission president Steve Soboroff. He then asked her to sign it and sold it at auction.
Air Breathed by Angelina Jolie
Back in 2010, Brangelina were all the rage. They were the couple people loved to hate: Angie broke up Brad's marriage to Jen Aniston, but she and Brad were just so good together. Plus, they had all of those adorable kids!
Joan Rivers' Dog Bowl
In 2014, comedian Joan Rivers died unexpectedly. She suffered cerebral hypoxia during a relatively minor medical procedure. The world was in shock, and they wanted to remember her in any way possible. Her fans demonstrated their love and support during an auction of her personal effects later that year.
J.K. Rowling's Magic Chair
At first glance, J.K. Rowling's "magic chair" looks like a ratty old piece of furniture: worn finish, scratches, graffiti. But look closer, and there is a secret message scrolled on the back by Rowling herself: "I wrote Harry Potter while sitting on this chair."
Hugh Laurie's Walking Stick
Dr. Gregory House is known almost as much for his cane as he is for his dark humor and narcissism. In fact, a large portion of House, M.D.'s plot centered around the doctor's use of narcotics to manage the pain from a years-old leg injury.
Scarlett Johansson's Snotty Tissue
In December 2008, Scarlett Johansson blew her nose on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She did so after joking that she had caught a cold from Samuel L. Jackson, and therefore her cold was pretty valuable, as it had passed from one celebrity to another. Her fans agreed.
William Shatner's Kidney Stone
When William Shatner collapsed on the set of Boston Legal in 2005, fans were concerned. It was soon revealed that he was passing a kidney stone — a very painful ordeal. The stone was so big, Shatner was quoted as saying, "You could wear it on your finger."
Katy Perry's Trampoline
Katy Perry is known for her eclectic, high-energy shows full of wacky costumes, back-up dancers and props. One of the most memorable examples of the latter is the cupcake trampoline featured during her "California Dreams" tour, on which Katy herself could often be seen bouncing.
Britney Spears' Used Pregnancy Test
Britney Spears has some rabid fans. Let's just put that out there. She also has some serious privacy issues. In what is surely a breach of protocol, a hotel employee snatched Brit's used pregnancy test out of her bathroom trash and sold it to Canadian radio station Hot 89.9 in 2005.
Russell Crowe's Leather Jockstrap
Somewhere out there, there's a Russell Crowe fan sitting at home, snuggled up to a small bit of leather that actually touched his nether region. What else would you do with a used jockstrap, after all? The memorabilia came from the set of Cinderella Man and sold for $6,500.
Lady Gaga's Teacup and Saucer
A china teacup used once by Lady Gaga sold for over $75,000 at auction in May 2012. The cup bore the singer's lipstick stain and autograph after it was used during a press conference in Japan three months after the country's deadliest tsunami hit.
Ronald Reagan's Blood
People will try to make a buck off of anything. As proof of that, a vial containing the dried blood of U.S. President Ronald Reagan was sold at auction for $3,550 in February 2012. It was put up for auction again a few months later, this time reaching more than $30,000.
Elvis Presley's Bible
Elvis Presley was a lot of things: talented musician and actor, karate master, narcotics officer. Apparently, he was also a very religious man. The singer's aunt and uncle gifted him with a leather-bound bible on his first Christmas at Graceland, and he read it every day until he died.
Truman Capote's Ashes
Truman Capote died of liver disease at the home of Johnny Carson in 1984. His ashes, housed in a carved Japanese wooden box, stayed there with Johnny's wife Joanne until her own death in 2015. The two had been great friends, and keeping his remains brought her comfort.