1 // New Zealand
That’s right — the iconic home of middle earth, Gandalf, and the one ring to rule them all was once put up for auction on ebay. It was May of 2006 and an Australian man tried to auction off the country of New Zealand at a starting price of $0.01. After 22 bids the price had risen to $3,000 before eBay closed the auction.
2 // The violin that played as the Titanic sank
The owner of this violin, Wallace Hartley, heroically played it to soothe frightened passengers as the Titanic went down. The violin sold for £900,000 in just ten minutes at an auction in Wiltshire in 2013.
3 // Star Trek Actor William Shatner's Kidney Stone
This has got to be one of the strangest things on this list, but if you can believe it, William Shatner’s kidney stone sold at auction for $25,000! Even crazier (and disgusting), the auction price included the surgical stint and string used to permit passage of the stone.
4 // Roger Bannister's Sub 4 Minute Mile Shoes
The running shoes worn by Sir Roger Bannister when he became the first man to break the four-minute mile sold for £266,500 at auction, more than five times the expected amount. Sir Roger clocked a three minutes, 59.4 seconds mile in the historic race at Iffley Road Track on the 6th of May in 1954.
5 // Winston Churchill's Dentures
As Prime Minister of Britain from 1940-1945 and again from 1951-1955, Churchill led Britain to victory in the Second World War. His gold-plated dentures were ‘snapped up’ at an auction at Keys Salerooms in Norfolk in 2010 for £15,200 by a Gloucestershire man who already owned the microphone Churchill used to announce the end of the Second World War.
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