10 Weird Pieces of Celebrity Memorabilia Ever Auctioned off
  • TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016

  • Posted by: Susmita Paruchuri

If you're still coming to terms with David Bowie's tragic passing, while also harboring an unhealthy obsession with the late music legend, then you can purchase a lock of his hair for $4,000 this Saturday, as part of an auction in Beverly HIlls.

According to Heritage Auctions, the lock came from a former employee at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London. After taking a snippet of Bowie's hair during the construction of his wax replica, the employee decided to keep the lock as a souvenir. Fame really can pay off in more ways (and more people) than one. I can say without hesitation that if a lock of my hair resulted in that kind of payout, I'd be bald and rolling in bills by now.

Here are 10 other weird things celebrities have auctioned off for insane amounts of cash.

1. Air That Was Near Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

It's not even like they breathed directly into the jar - this is strictly "air molecules in proximity" of the power couple at the Mr. and Mrs. Smith premiere. It only sold for $530, but that doesn't change the fact that I'd really like the meet the kind of person who would pay that much money for oxygen.
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2. Michael Jackson's Burnt Hair

In 1984, an explosion on the set of a Pepsi commercial injured Michael Jackson, who incurred third-degree burns. Executive producer Ralph Cohen, who helped put out the fire with his coat, collected the hair and it was put up for auction months after his death, in October 2009. The 12 strands collectively sold for $1,600.
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3. Justin Timberlake's Unfinished French Toast

During his N'Sync days, the star failed to finish his toast before a Z-100 interview in New York. The leftovers reportedly sold for $3,154 on eBay after the show.
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4. Britney Spears' Used Pregnancy Test

Do people know how pregnancy tests are taken, or does it make it even more appealing knowing that Britney peed on it? This sold for $5,001 by an Ottawa radio station who had a connection at the Los Angeles hotel where Britney and her then-husband, Kevin Federline were staying.
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5. Scarlett Johansson's Used Tissue

While on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2008, the actress blew her nose into a tissue, put it into a bag and signed it. It sold for $5,300 and the proceeds went to her charity of choice, USA Harvest. Who wouldn't want a little bit of ScarJos lipstick and mucus in their possession?
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6. Queen Elizabeth's Old Underwear

These 44-year-old panties sold for $18,000 in an online auction in 2012. Apparently, the Queen had left them on a private plane when she visited Chile in 1968, according to the late Baron Joseph De Bicske Dobronyi, whose estate put them up on eBay. There is nothing I'd like to know less than how and why the Queen left her underwear on an airplane.
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7. William Shatner's Kidney Stone

After being taken to the hospital while filming Boston Legal in 2005 with a backache, Shatner did a lot of bragging to get the price of his kidney stone up. It sold for $25,000 to an online casino, GoldenPalace.com. "If you subjected it to extreme heat, it might turn out to be a diamond," he said. I don't think I've ever heard anyone else talk about their kidney stones with anything less than contempt, but he donated the proceeds to Habitat for Humanity, and the auction also included the surgical stent and string they used to help him pass it.
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8. John Lennon's Tooth

The Beatle gave his tooth to his housekeeper to get rid of in the '60s, but then told her she should keep it to give to her daughter. It sold for upwards of $31,000, double what it was expected to bring in. I just want to know how it must feel to be so successful you'll hand out your parts as keepsakes.
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9. Willie Nelson's Braids

The country star's red braids from 1980 brought in $37,000 in 2014 to an anonymous buyer in Arizona. I just hope they're in good enough condition to turn into extensions or something. What else would you do with those, dangle them from your rearview, hang them on your porch like wind chimes?
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10. Marilyn Monroes Chest X-Ray

In 2010, an x-ray of Marilyn Monroe's torso from 1954 was auctioned off in Las Vegas for a whopping $45,000. It was one of many belongings up for bid at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino that weekend. I feel like a poster of that iconic photo of Marilyn in the white dress would do for most people, but if you really have to go the extra mile...
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