Unsurprisingly, the savvy sellers of eBay have picked up on this trend, and have gone beyond sourcing your typical posters, DVDs and T-shirts to scour the deepest, darkest corners of famedom, bringing you the most sinister articles of celebrity memorabilia known to man. Authenticity (not) always guaranteed.
Britney Spears' Used Chewing Gum
In 2004, a single piece of the pop superstar’s chewed gum sold for a jaw-dropping $14,000 on eBay. What the lucky winner then did with his prize we’re not sure – what do you do with a used celebrity’s chewing gum? Frame it? Make some sort of tiny, bizarre sculpture? Or – God forbid – eat it? We like to think he or she used it in a horrifying, bloody, B-movie-style attempt to create a Brit-Brit clone.
Justin Bieber's Hair
Teen pop sensation Justin Bieber is known for his glossy brown locks, a handful of which he had cut and sealed in a Perspex box in 2011, later auctioned for a hair-raising $40,668 to raise money for an animal rescue charity. While we can only admire his altruistic endeavour, Biebs lost over 80,000 Twitter followers following the chop – shame.
William Shatner's Kidney Stone
Is this the most disgusting piece of celebrity memorabilia ever to be sold in the history of stardom? We’re not certain, but it looks like a pretty safe bet. In 2006 Star Trek actorWilliam Shatner’s kidney stone auctioned for no less than $25,000. The proceeds all went to the charity Habitat for Humanity – but still, yuck. Creep me out, Scotty.
A Jar of Brangelina's Breath
Proving that people really will buy anything, in 2005 a jar supposedly containing air that came into contact with none other than Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie on the red carpet went up for auction. "Be the first to own this jar of celebrity air, which may contain air molecules that came in direct contact with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt”, claimed the ad. Despite the fact that there was no way to guarantee the authenticity of this ‘must-have’ item, the jar sold for $523 on eBay.
Marilyn Monroe's Chest X-Rays
As famous as Marilyn Monroe’s chest was, who would have thought that an image of its interior would sell so well? In 2010, an X-Ray of the sex symbol’s insides was auctioned for a staggering $45,000 in Las Vegas. The X-Ray was taken in 1954, around the time Marilyn was believed to be pregnant and rumours had surfaced that she’d had a miscarriage.
Justin Timberlake's Unfinished French Toast
Back in 2000, when J-T was still rolling with the other *NSYNC boys (with that spaghetti hair), he left the remains of his breakfast, two slices of French toast, behind at a NYC radio station after an interview. Enterprising members of staff then posted it on eBay (complete with plate and extra maple syrup), with lucky fan girl Kathy snapping up the snack for a bargain $1,025. Kathy was later quoted as saying, "I'll probably freeze-dry it, then seal it ... then put it on my dresser”. Live the dream, eh?
Scarlett Johansson's Used Tissue
Now, we all know that Scarlett is one of the hottest women in the world right now – but is this taking things a bit too far? In 2008, talk show host Jay Leno convinced an ill Johansson to blow her (dirty, snotty, infectious) nose into a tissue, and then put the used Kleenex in a bag, sealed with a kiss. It was later put up for a charity auction on eBay, with the sick (and we mean that in every sense of the word) winner scooping the er, collectable for $53,000.
John Lennon's Tooth
Since John Lennon’s assassination in 1980, everything from the ex-Beatle’s sunglasses to his to-do lists have gone under the hammer – but the most famous (and creepy) item to date was a rotted, yellow molar that the musician had once given his housekeeper. In a fantastic twist of fate, the famous tooth was bought by none other than Michael Zuk, a dentist, who planned to display it in his surgery. “Some people will think its gross; others will be fascinated by it”, he claimed.