We live in a time where people are obsessed with celebrities, and sometimes we just have to stop and ask: “why?” Is it because we admire them and look up to them, or is it simply just a case of “when they screw up, it makes my life look better”? They give us something to talk about, and we hear about them so often that we actually feel like we know them.
Just looking at certain types of items from celebrities, whether it’s a blouse that was worn by Kim Kardashian, or a jacket that was worn by Han Solo, it’s impressive, yet ridiculous, how much these items can sell for. Do people buy them to feel closer to the celebrity, or is it simply a bragging right to say: “Guess what, I own so-and-so.” Let’s take a look at some of the most ridiculous items bought over the years, and how much people were willing to pay.
The Legend of the Dirty Tissue
When Scarlett Johansson appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2008, she had a slight case of the cold. She had to blow her nose on TV and afterwards joked that her “snot is not worth anything”. To disprove this theory, the tissue was sold on eBay and a fan bought it for $5 300 – Scarlett donated the money to charity. Sweet.
It’s a Fake Nail!
Love her or hate her, but Lady Gaga is a fashion icon – and who cares if she wears false nails? Apparently no one in Dublin, as one of her fake nails fell off during a show in this city, and was sold for $12 000. Nailed it!
What a Thriller!
The iconic red and black jacket that Michael Jackson first wore in his Thriller video in 1983, was a gift from his designers, Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins. When it was decided to sell the jacket, they expected to get around $400 000 for it, but in a dramatic twist of events, the jacket was sold for $1.8 million.
A Simple Autograph
Poetry may not be for everyone, but everyone knows the name of William Shakespeare. While there may be people who would rather bid on a fake nail from Lady Gaga, there are a few others in the world who would give anything to have an autograph from William Shakespeare. Problem is, he’s already dead. However, his signature was recently found on six parchments – one parchment will cost you $6.1 million, while all six will set you back $36.6 million. Any takers? Probably soon, but wherefore art thou?
Going Back to Kansas
Who can ever forget the scene in The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy had to click her heels three times to go back home? And who can forget the red, glittery slippers she was wearing? Now there’s something worth keeping, which no one else will ever have. It’s no surprise, then, that these same slippers were sold at an auction for $666,000. Probably could have been more, but after all, this is not Kansas.
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Happy Birthday, Mr President
A blonde bombshell, the President of the United States and the dress. It was talked about for years – the Happy Birthday from Marilyn Monroe to President John F. Kennedy, and it was broadcasted to the world in 1962. The dress she wore during this performance was sold at an auction for a staggering $1.26 million – Happy Birthday, indeed.
To Buy, or Not to Buy
There are plenty of other memorabilia that recently went on auction, including the Han Solo jacket that Harrison Ford wore in The Empire Strikes Back, the Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery as James Bond, Elizabeth Taylor’s entire jewellery collection, and more. And the fact is, there will always be someone who will be interested in purchasing goods of this nature. If buying a car is not be your thing, you could pick up a chewed piece of gum by Britney Spears for a “bargain”.