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Celebrity breath and toilets, 10 of the weirdest auction items ever

A violin from the Titanic, Elvis Presley’s underwear and Winston Churchill’s dentures are just some of the strangest things ever to go up for auction.

art and culture Updated: Aug 28, 2018 11:25 IST
Kabir Singh Bhandari
Kabir Singh Bhandari
Hindustan Times, Delhi
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A violin on the Titanic and Elvis Presley’s underwear are some of the strangest items to ever go on auction. (Youtube)

A fridge, an AC, Playstation game CDs- these are the things which you would look online for when shopping or probably a rare and beautiful painting when it comes to auctions. But there are some items that have been put up for auctions that would truly stretch the limits of your imagination. We take you through 10 of the weirdest and most biarre items that have been put up for auction.

1. A 65-year-old slice From Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding cake

In 2013 a piece of cake from Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s 1947 wedding cake sold for around £560 by PFC Auctions (they’re based in Guernsey). You certainly could get much more than diabetes by biting into it.

2. A violin from the Titanic

(Above) The violin scene in Titanic (1998) is one of the movie’s most memorable scenes. (Below) The actual violin which was auctioned. (Youtube)

The violin belonged to Wallace Hartley, who played the violin as the Titanic was sinking, and was also amongst the ones who died in the tragedy, sold for £900,000 within 10 minutes at an auction which took place in 2013 in Wiltshire.

3. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s breath

A jar containing Brangelina’s breath reportedly sold for a paltry £340 in 2010. And please don’t ask how their breath was trapped in the jar.

4. JD Salinger’s toilet

The author JD Salinger.

In August 2010, a toilet allegedly owned by the literary genius was listed on eBay for $1m. The seller claimed that he obtained the commode from the couple who owned the writer’s home at that time. Thankfully, the commode found no takers.

5. Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding ring

Lee Harvey Oswald while talking to the media. (AP)

JFK’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald’s gold wedding ring was sold for $118,000 to an anonymous buyer from Texas in October 2013.

6. Elvis Presley’s underwear

Elvis Presley

Unwashed underwear belonging to Elvis Presley, worn by him during his 1977 concert fortunately failed to sell when it was put up for auction in 2012 in Stockport for $ 11,000.

7. Britney Spears’ hair

Britney Spears (Facebook.com/Kenzo)

When Britney shaved her head in 2007, Esther’s Haircutting Studio in Tarzana, Calif where she had gone for her haircut, put up her locks for sale for $1m. The general public believed that the asking price was a bit much, and the item was removed form the site.

8. Winston Churchill’s denture

Winston Churchill’s gold-plated dentures went up for auction at Keys Salerooms in Norfolk, England in 2010, and were sold off for £15,200.

9. Abraham Lincoln’s hair

A lock of Abraham Lincoln’s fetched $25,000 at an auction in Dallas, Texas- which had been removed by the Surgeon General Joseph Barnes after Lincoln’s assassination on April 14, 1865.

10. Air from a Kanye West concert

Kanye West. (Reuters)

Air from a Kanye West concert was once again fortunately not sold for $60,100. These were a couple of Zip-Loc bags of air from Kanye’s Yeezus tour in 2013-14.

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First Published: Aug 28, 2018 09:32 IST