5 Weirdest Auctions of 2010

Megan Van Schaick

weird auctionsWe've seen some weird things up for auction over the years. There was the image of the Virgin Mary on a piece of toast, tattoo space on a guy's bald pate -- and let's not forget the infamous ghost in a jar. Strangely, the winner of that auction never paid up.

2010 had its share of weird auction items though, from the macabre to the really, really cool.

At the top of my list is the Statue of Liberty's nose. That's right, her nose!

In the 1980s a chunk of copper was molded to fit her nose as part of the big renovation. It was one of four similar pieces made to be used in the renovation. At a whopping two feet long, it's a big piece of memorabilia!

Want to see what else made the list?

Shipwrecked Wine

A bottle of madeira was recovered from the wreckage of a sunken ship off the coast of Georgia. The bottle is completely sealed and dates back to the 1880s. Supposedly the thick mud of the ocean floor protected the contents from worms and water, and the wine tastes fantastic.


Lee Harvey Oswald's Coffin

I don't even want to know who went and dug this up -- but apparently it was the result of a dispute between his widow and her brother. Who naturally cashed in on things by selling off the coffin.


Lost Props

You knew the fans were rabid for Lost, but did you know they'd shell out more than $47K for a Dharma Initiative van or $5,000 for a 6-pack of Dharma Initiative beer?



The Ram Island Ledge lighthouse at the mouth of Portland Harbor in Maine went on the block thanks to the federal government. Before you get any romantic notions, all you got for your money was a rocky ledge with a ladder and a dock. And a horn that blares every 10 seconds.


Trigger and Bullet

Roy Rogers' famous taxidermied companions, horse Trigger and dog Bullet, were auctioned off along with the contents of his museum. Trigger went for $265,000 and Bullet for $35,000. Yet two more of Rogers' preserved horses were auctioned off privately. Ew.


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