Auction houses sell the craziest things.
A lot more than just fine wines, vintage cars and expensive watches.
They also deal with some of the weirdest and most bizarre listings you could imagine.
Counting down from six to one, these are some of the craziest things people are buying at auction.
6. Justin Timberlake’s half-eaten French toast – $1,025
A Justin Timberlake fan once bought a half-eaten French toast that the Hollywood actor and former leader of N’Sync once ordered during a breakfast interview at the studio of New York radio station Z-100.
Obviously a big, big, big, big fan.
The toast was sold on eBay back in 2000 for $1,025.
That’s $1,800 today, when adjusted to inflation.
When they asked her what she was going to do with the Timberlake’s leftover breakfast, she said she was going to freeze it, put it in a vacuum bag and leave it in her closet.
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5. Vampire-slaying kit – $20,000
A vampire-slaying kit once owned by the former administrator of British India more two centuries ago was recently sold at auction for $20,000.
This begs many questions.
For example, why would the administrator of British India need a vampire-slaying kit?
The lockable box contains a long and chilling list of ‘items’, including a crucifix, a wooden mallet, brass candlesticks and even Metropolitan police paperwork from the era.
4. A banana taped to a wall – $120,000
Somebody once bought a banana taped to a wall for a staggering $120,000.
The work of art was created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan for the Art Basel fair in Miami and is called ‘Comedian’.
Late Georgian artist David Datuna actually ate the banana, which was then replaced with another banana.
He said the work of art was about “the idea”, not the actual banana.
Datuna said he created the piece to “question what art is”.
And it’s a good question.
And one we’re not sure we can answer.
Craziest auctions number 3: The lobster phone – $1.06 million
The ‘lobster phone’ was created by none other than Salvador Dali and was auctioned off at Christie’s auction for $1.058 million.
It looks like an old relic and doesn’t even have Bluetooth.
Dali created the phone in the 1930s for the Surrealist Art Exhibition in London by molding a piece of plaster before applying it to a regular phone.
Craziest auctions number 2: Albert Einstein’s quote – $1.56 million
There is a good story behind this one.
Albert Einstein was in Tokyo for one of his book tours when he learned he had just won the Nobel Prize.
He was apparently so happy that he decided to write his thoughts down on paper [in German] and then, for unknown reasons, he gave the piece of paper to the bellboy.
It read: “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness”.
That very piece of paper was sold at auction in 2017 for $1.56 mln.
Craziest auctions number 1: A rabbit sculpture – $91.1 million
What you see here is a sculpture of a rabbit made with stainless steel by contemporary artist Jeff Koons.
There’s nothing particularly crazy about it, some people would just call this a stylish piece of furniture.
However, the price is completely insane.
It was sold $91.1 million, breaking the auction record for an artwork by a living artist.