Today we are featuring ten of the most intriguing highest priced items (over $15K) sold on eBay last week. Please note this a sample of high-value items on eBay. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it is a representative list.
#10 – $15,000 – When I went off to college, my family gave me some gifts to help brighten up my dreary dorm room. Included was a Toulouse Lautrec poster, which I guess they hoped would inspire me somehow. My 17-year old self rejected the poster, much to my parents astonishment. But if they had given me this Toulouse Lautrec Original Lithograph Poster from 1892, my life would have probably been completely different.
#9 – $18,000 – When you hear “Mr. Clean,” you probably are already thinking of cleaning products represented by the iconic bald-headed character of the same name. You probably didn’t think of this Carpet Cleaning Van, though:
Maybe the seller sold his business to buy the Toulouse Lautrec poster?
#8 -$19,995 (best offer accepted) – There is something about starting a new business that speaks to the entrepreneur in all of us. After all, it’s part of the American Dream, isn’t it? This Unique Limousine Business is a case in point:
It features a 1936 Classic Car, and the seller gave potential buyers numerous great reasons to invest. But we have to wonder… if it was such a good business, why sell it? Maybe the maintenance on the car ate into the profits…
#7 – $26,900 – Great stories about on products sold here on eBay. This 1792 Half Disme (Dime) has a great one:
The seller notes that the dime comes with a note to “Little Mary:”
“Springfield ____? 1872
Dear little Mary
______? you a birth-day
present; not because a half-dime is
worth, much, but bears the date,
(1792) of your grandmother Brain.
It is ten years older than your
You may perhaps give this
same little coin to your grand
child. U.S coins of this size and
80 years old are not common now.
And this will never grow any bigger
nor any better; but you will grow
bigger, – whether better or worse I can
Your grandfather Willard”
A lovely sentiment, and a wonderful story. We hope little Mary treasured her present (and her grandfather!) – they were both certainly unique.
#6 – $30,500 (best offer accepted) – Rolex watches often make our high-priced list, so it was a relief to find another watchmaker represented with a very unique watch:
That is a Harry Winston Ocean Dual Time Special Edition – Black Zalium watch, and is certainly an interesting piece. What is “Zalium,” exactly? The seller explains:
“Zalium is the hard, light, zirconium alloy of which Z watches are crafted. Developed for use in jet engines, its hypo-allergenic properties and extreme resistance to corrosion make it ideally suited for watch cases.”
“Ideally suited” – sure, we’ll buy that.
#5 – $34,999 (best offer accepted) – My parents house in Florida had a septic tank. I had no idea what it was till it stopped working correctly. So this business caught my eye, for Septic tank equipment including a truck and a “1000 gallon tank molds and turning bar.” No idea what that last part refers to, so if you are a septic tank enthusiast, let us know in the comments, below.
#4 – $42,000 (best offer accepted) When you want to sell something on eBay, it is nice to write a good description, or even a story like the dime one, above. But sometimes the title thankfully speaks for itself, as with this Eaton Leonard tube bender:
Yes, it is a machine, and it bends tubes.
#3 – Money doesn’t grow on trees, it is made inside a computer. At least that is the general concept behind the cyber currency known as BitCoins. We wrote this story about the phenomenon awhile ago, if you are interested in knowing more. It is not surprising someone would pay $45K, then, for this Butterfly Labs BFL BitForce 500 GH/s Mini Rig SC.
If you listen carefully, you can hear the sound of “Ka-ching!” as the computer whirs…
#2 – $52,550 (best offer accepted) Another coin made it to our list last week, this one a 1795 $1 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar:
Makes me want to check my change very, very carefully.
#1 – $160,100 and $168,900 – Just like a few weeks ago, our top most intriguing high-priced item is a car, actually a couple of cars. We are including both because the prices are so close, and the cars so different.
The first is this 2012 Aston Martin Other Volante:
Next up is this 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Hemi Cuda:
Can you guess which one was sold for the higher price?