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On sale: a wife, virgin and used tissue

india Updated: Aug 05, 2009 19:44 IST

EBay is celebrating its tenth birthday this year, so we take a look at some of the strangest things ever to be auctioned - and banned - on the site.



Wife for sale

: After 26 years of marriage, Paul Osborn discovered his wife was cheating, so he got his revenge by selling her on eBay. Besides listing her telephone number, work details and her lover's home address; he wrote this touching sentiment: 'Here is my adulterous, lying, cheating, bitch whore of a wife...Please don't bid on her because she's worth sod all.'

Gone Baby Gone

: A German couple put their baby on eBay with a starting price of one Euro. "Offering my nearly new baby for sale as it has become too loud. It is a male baby, nearly 28 inches long and can be used either in a baby carrier or a pram." The police investigated the case but the mother said it was just a joke, adding "I would never give up my beloved Merlin."



Used tissue

Gesundheit Johansson told Jay Leno she had caught a cold from Samuel L Jackson and thought her illness had more "value" as it had double celebrity germs. She sold her used tissue on eBay and managed to raise $5,300 (£3,600) for charity.

The right to vote: A student at the University of Minnesota attempted to sell his vote in the 2008 American elections - unaware that a 1993 law banned the sale of votes making his action rather illegal.

'One Slightly Used Size 12 Wedding Gown. Only worn twice: Once at the wedding and once for these pictures'

: A man whose divorce was about to become final thought he'd get some money back by auctioning his wife's wedding dress on eBay - and modelled it himself. He said: 'This dress cost me $1200 that my drunken sot of an ex-father-in-law swore up and down he would pay for but didn't so I got stuck with the bill. Luckily I only got stuck with his daughter for 5 years...Personally, I think it looks like a $1200 shower curtain but I gotta say it did make me feel very pretty. So if it can make me feel pretty, it can make you feel pretty, especially on the most important day of your life, right?' It sold for £3,850.



Virgin, anyone?


Rosie Read tried to sell her virginity in order to pay for her degree. EBay withdrew her offer, but she set up her own website and according to the

News of the World

, the 'winner' was a 44 year-old divorced father with a bid of £8,400.

Ashes to EBay


William Ireland of Warwickshire put his 84-year-old father's ashes up for auction as he said he was abandoned as a child. Bidding started at 99p.

Sweet Tooth


The last ever bag of pic-n-mix sold by Woolworths was auctioned for £14,500 on eBay, making them the most expensive sweets ever sold in the UK.

Ever wondered how much you're worth?
Following a painful break-up, a British man living in Australia put his "entire life" up for sale. It included his three-bedroom home in Perth with contents, his Mazda car, motorcycle, jet ski and parachuting gear. He also sold an introduction to his friends and a trial run at his job at a rug shop - and got £192,000 for the lot.