The weirdest 20 most expensive celebrity items ever sold
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Thursday 23rd September 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
The weirdest, 20 most expensive celebrity items ever sold: from Elvis’ underwear to Britney’s gum
No price is too high for mega fans
Some fans will do anything to own the items of their favourite stars. Above all, they are willing to spend a load of money to buy the most unusual items. Here is a selection of the 20 most expensive and improbable items, once owned by celebrities, that have been auctioned off.
- Lady Gaga’s false nail: $ 12,000
Some people really have money to throw away… The false nail that fell off the singer’s finger during a concert in Dublin was sold to a fan for $ 12,000.
- Marilyn Monroe’s X-rays: $ 45,000
In 2010, three X-rays of Marilyn Monroe’s chest sold for $ 45,000. Who has that kind of money to spare??!!
- Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy birthday” dress: $ 4.8 million
It is by far the most expensive dress in the world. Marilyn Monroe wore it during her performance of ‘Happy Birthday, Mr. President’ at Madison Square Garden. In 2016 the dress sold for $ 4.8 million. At this price, we know that whoever purchased the dress will be keeping it under lock and key!
- Helen Churchill’s Jewel from the Titanic: £ 58,000
Helen Churchill was a writer and journalist. She boarded the Titanic to find her son after learning that he had been in an accident. But when the ship sunk, Helen Churchill gave a passenger a medal with the portrait of her son. This item was sold for £ 58,000.
- A letter written on the Titanic: £ 119,000
Another item from the legendary Titanic. Esther Hart wrote this letter eight hours before the sinking of the ship. It is the last letter written aboard the Titanic. Auctioned off for £ 119,000, it had remained in good condition as it was placed in the pocket of the coat Esther’s husband gave her when she boarded a lifeboat. Tragic.
- Kate Winslet’s dress in the movie ‘Titanic’: $ 330,000
One of the dresses worn by the actress Kate Winslet in the film ‘Titanic’ was purchased for $ 330,000 in 2012. This is the dress that Rose wears when she first meets Jack – the young Leonardo DiCaprio – on the boat.
- Jackie Kennedy’s watch: $ 379,500
This gold Cartier Tank watch, which belonged to Jackie Kennedy, is very popular with watch enthusiasts. Gifted to Jackie by her brother-in-law Prince Stanislaw, “Stas” Radzivill in 1963, the watch is engraved on the back: “Stas to Jackie 23 Feb. 63 2:05 to 9:35 pm.” These times refer to the special 50-mile hike organized in Palm Beach that year by John F. Kennedy. The item sold in 2017 for $ 379,500, three times the estimated pre-sale price.
- Kurt’s “Unplugged” guitar: $ 6 million
In 2020, the semi-acoustic Martin D-18 that Kurt Cobain recorded the acoustic album “Unplugged” in 1993 was sold for a tidy sum of $ 6 million. The lucky buyer was Peter Freedman, founder of Røde Microphones. This object is all the more exceptional since Kurt Cobain did not demolish it at the concert’s end, as he was known to do.
- Ringo Starr’s drum set: $ 2.2 million
They were used in more than 200 performances by The Beatles between 1963 and 1964, the drums sold for $ 2.2 million in 2015. We sure hope the buyer knew how to play them!
- Marie-Antoinette’s pearl pendant: $ 32 million
This is the most expensive pearl in the world. Having belonged to Marie-Antoinette, the former queen of France, it was part of a pendant set with diamonds. The item sold for $ 32 million in 2018. Pearls and diamonds are forever after all….
- Audrey Hepburn’s script for the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”: $ 811,615
At a 2018 auction, several of the actress’ were sold, such as a white rotary telephone and the script she used for her role in “My Fair Lady” by George Cukor. However, it is the script from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” that wins the prize: $ 811,615.
- Elvis Presley’s dirty underpants: $ 8,000
Worn by Elvis Presley in 1977 during a concert and never washed, Elvis’ boxer shorts sold for $ 8,000 in 2012. King or not, it’s disgusting.
- Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery: $ 116 million
The jewellery collection of this actress, ever the Hollywood icon, was sold for 116 million dollars. Proceeds from the sale were donated to the Elizabeth Taylor Foundation, which supports the fight against AIDS.
- Katy Perry’s trampoline-cupcake: $ 1,600
On her “California Dreams” tour, Katy Perry appeared with a cupcake-shaped trampoline. It was sold for $ 1,600, and the proceeds were donated to the tsunami victims in Japan.
- Justin Timberlake’s toast: $ 3,000
This half-eaten toast came from the singer’s breakfast during a morning interview on the New York radio station “Z-100”. A fan of Timberlake’s group NSYNC spent $ 3,000 on this piece of toast on eBay. We told you that some fans have no limits…
- Scarlett Johansson’s handkerchief: $ 5,300
Used during “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, it sold on eBay for $ 5,300. The money was donated to the USA Harvest charity.
- The air exhaled by Brangelina: $ 523
Do you feel like throwing your money away? Then be like this fan that bought a jar containing air exhaled by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt for $523. On eBay’s sell sheet, the seller wrote: “A once in a lifetime opportunity to own a jar containing air breathed by a celebrity. This jar contains molecules of the air exhaled by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.”
- Britney Spears’ chewing gum: $ 14,000
During a concert at Wembley, a fan picked up a piece of gum the star spat out and then sold it for $50. Not bad, but another, this time harvested in Toronto, sold for $ 14,000. We hope it still tastes good for such a sum!
- Michael Jackson’s jacket from Thriller: 1.8 million dollars
At a private sale in Los Angeles in 2011, the famous leather jacket Michael Jackson wore in the ‘Thriller’ music video sold for $ 1.8 million. The jacket certainly is iconic, but that is a lot of money to spend on memorabilia!
- John Lennon’s tooth: $ 31,000
John Lennon, for reasons unknown, gave his tooth to his housekeeper and told her to do with it as she pleased. At an auction in London in 2011, it was sold for $ 31,000. A strange yet profitable gift for the housekeeper!
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
TOP TEN most positive life events.
Helping others is the most positive life event, says study.
A new study by Vanarama has analysed a total of 25,234 online mentions across 11 social platforms to reveal the top 10 most positive life events. The most positive experience is, quite amazingly, doing good deeds for other people. This is something that has come to the forefront during the pandemic and it’s lovely to see it being ranked higher than other significant life events, like buying a house, getting married and receiving a promotion at work.
The 10 most positive life events according to social media mentions:
- Doing good deeds
- Buying your first home
- Buying a new car
- A promotion at work
- Your birthday
- Your favourite team’s success
- Becoming a new parent
- Home improvements
- Getting married
- Getting a new pet
REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
– Nicolas Chamfort
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“The only thing that can grow is the thing you give energy to.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Happiness is…owning an expensive celebrity item, not!
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Adam & Eve were the first ones to ignore the Apple terms and conditions.
Love is…little acts of tenderness.
A time for doing good deeds for others…A time for Home Improvements.
1955 Quizmaster Michael Miles first invited contestants to ‘Open the box’ in the long running show Take Your Pick.
1961 The Shadows debut album ‘Shadows’ started a four week run at No.1 on the UK charts.
1974 The world’s first Ceefax teletext service was begun by the BBC.
2019 The collapse of the travel firm Thomas Cook triggered the biggest ever peacetime repatriation, codenamed Operation Matterhorn. 600,000 Thomas Cook customers were on holiday at the time, of which 150,000 were British. The company was the first travel agency and was founded by Thomas Cook, a Baptist cabinet maker, on 5th July 1841. The first official ‘Cook’s Tour’ involved almost 600 teetotallers taking the train from Leicester to Loughborough to attend a temperance meeting.
©2021 Phil M Robinson