If you’ve been doing a bit of eBay perusing over the weekend, chances are you may have unintentionally stumbled across one of the most talked about pieces of 2014 pop culture. That’s right Ladies and Gents, we’re talking about the hat. After appearances at the Grammys and the Brits and soaring to social media stardom with its very own twitter account, Pharrell’s famous Vivienne Westwood ‘Buffalo’ hat has now been put up for auction on eBay and bids are already topping a whopping $12,500 (around £7,500).
Crazy, right? Well, as it turns out, purchasing Pharrell’s hat might not bag you the title of craziest celebrity souvenir collector after all. Check out some of the weird, wonderful and frankly disgusting celeb items that have been auctioned off in the past. Warning: this list is a little bit gross!
1. A jar of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s breath
Let’s start off with the strangest shall we? Back in 2010, someone splashed $530 (around £320) on a small jar of air claimed to include the breath of Hollywood’s finest, Brangelina. We’re not sure how this one was authenticated but we hope that lid was sealed down tightly – that is one very expensive empty jar!
2. Britney Spears’ chewing gum
Ah, Britney. Remember when almost every photo of the fresh-faced, blonde beauty seemed to cameo a piece of brightly coloured bubblegum? Well, one entrepreneurial waiter thought he’d make the most of Ms Spears’ famous habit by auctioning a piece of her chewed and discarded chewing gum (ew!) for a huge $14,000 (over £8,400)! And that’s not all. Britney’s worrying umbrella, shaved head and paparazzi rampage a few years back also shot to eBay fame when some shrewd by-stander grabbed the umbrella in the midst of the chaos and later stuck it on the internet auction site. Luckily for Britters, eBay removed the listing before anyone could snap the brolly up.
3. Justin Bieber’s hair
Ok, this one scares us the most. In 2011, a very wealthy Belieber snapped up a cutting of Justin’s famous luscious hair for the absolute bargain price of just over $40,000. If this fan was crazy enough to part with around £25,000 for a lock of hair, let’s hope that scientists never perfect human cloning!
4. Scarlett Johansson’s used tissue
Not gonna lie, we’ve often wished we looked like Scarlett Johansson but finding out that one of her used tissues sold for $5,300 in 2008 makes us wish that we sneezed like her too. We’d happily have the sniffles if each used Kleenex bagged us over £3,100!
5. Justin Timberlake’s French Toast
Back in 2000, Justin and his fellow ‘N Syncers attended a radio breakfast show interview where they were given French Toast to munch on. Turns out Timberlake wasn’t feeling too peckish and when the radio put the leftovers up for auction, a student splashed $1,025 (£615) on the toast, promising to freeze, seal up, and display the leftovers on her dresser…totally normal!
6. Niall Horan’s half eaten vegemite toast
Talking of toast, One Direction’s Niall Horan’s experiment with Vegemite live on Australian morning TV prompted a savvy member of staff to put the leftovers up for auction on eBay. A wealthy/lucky/absolutely bonkers-crazy fan then bagged the remnants of Niall’s breakfast for a colossal $100,000 or £60,000 (yep, you read that right). It was all in the name of a good cause though; the profits went to children’s charity YoungCare.
7. The Queen’s panties
I know we said we’d covered the strangest one first but this auction might just take the crown. Apparently, back in 1968, the Queen somehow managed to leave her monogrammed silk underwear on a private plane. Fast forward a few years and the underwear was auctioned off for $18,101! Since then, there have been a number of questions about authenticity of the under garments but the lucky(?) buyer claimed that, authentic or not, the pants are “an excellent example of vintage undergarment of that era and very collectable”. What a right royal way to blow £10,000!