A Lunch Date With A Billionaire And Other Expensive Things Sold On eBay
Since its establishment in 1995, eBay has become a go-to brand internationally for discovering everything from cheap finds to antique treasures. The first item that eBay founder Pierre Omidyar listed on the site in its first year was a broken laser printer, bought by Canadian Mark Fraser. Even though most bids are priced averagely, some sales have earned themselves record-breaking titles. Here are the items that raked in million-dollar bids, according to the auctioning website.
The popular collectors item, a comic book, has also featured in eBays history records. In August 2014, a well-preserved copy of a Superman comic book was sold for$3.2 million, making the sale the most expensive for its category ever. The edition was first printed in 1938, making the copy a limited edition and costly. The issue was awarded a grade 9.0 from the Certified Guaranty Company, the highest grade ever assigned to a copy of Action Comics 1 issue by a CGC and a sign that the76-year-old comic was still in top condition.
In June 2012, eBay witnessed a record-setting price for its annual luncheon with billionaire investor Warren Buffett for a whopping$3.26 million. The winner of the charity auction asked to remain anonymous for a one-on-one date with the Berkshire Hathaway CEO. Every year the Oracle of Omaha hosts a lunch to raise money to feed the hungry via Glide. The power lunch is usually one of the most costly items on the bidding website. Through the years, Buffett has successfully raised over $9 million for the world-renowned Glide Memorial Church, an organization in San Francisco, California.
A luxurious Gulfstream, a favorite private jet for the rich and famous, was sold on eBay for$4.9 millionin the third quarter of 2001. At the time, this was the highest-known sale price for any product ever auctioned over the website as well as over the internet. It was sold by Tyler Jet, a business plane vendor to a charter-based African company who won the jet with their multi-million-dollar bid.
The most expensive product sold on eBay to date is a Gigayacht. Designed by Frank Mulder of Mulder Design, the 405-feet long yacht was auctioned off for anincredible $168 million. Listed on the website in 2005, the yacht came equipped with a 3,000 sq. ft. master suite on the main deck, 10 multilevel VIP suites with panoramic windows, a retractable glass elevator and a helicopter pad amongst many other luxury amenities.