Bestsellers in eBay History

For almost 20 years, eBay has facilitated the sales of some of the most unusual and most expensive items in history. Many of them were sold through straight consumer-to-consumer transactions, while others went through our eBay Giving Works program. Those hosting online charity auctions might want to take note of these items for inspiration.

The world’s most expensive baseball card, a 1909 T206 Honus Wagner made by the American Tobacco Company, was sold through eBay in 2000 to a collector named Brian Seigel who paid about $1.1 million for it. Among the card’s previous owners were hockey legend Wayne Gretzky and the former owner of the Los Angeles Kings, Bruce McNall.

In 2002, eBay also facilitated the sale of an abandoned missile base in New York to an anonymous couple who paid $2.1 million for it. The property boasted a Jacuzzi, a private airstrip, and walls that were three feet thick, making it suitable for any family or business that values top-notch luxury and security.

Meanwhile, we at eBay Giving Works had the honor of arranging what could be the most expensive lunch date ever. In 2010, one person was given the opportunity to dine out with Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and the world’s third richest man, by making a winning bid of $2.6 million. The proceeds went to the Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco, which has been feeding the hungry and downtrodden for more than 45 years.

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