During a Radiohead gig an enterprising staff member raided the singer Thom Yorke’s dressing room to find anything auctionable. Not one for the traditional lock of hair or unwashed t-shirt they instead rifled through the bin and left with Yorke’s toenail clippings.
It’s not just the musicians who have their stuff sold off to the fans. The Beatle’s American manager, Nat Weiss, had his office door auctioned off in 2009 for over $50,000. Now, this wasn’t any ordinary door. In 1968 when Lennon and McCartney went stateside to promote Apple records Nat decamped to a hotel letting the musicians stay in his apartment. When he moved back in he found that the two had signed the inside of his wardrobe: “Paul McCartney and John Lennon with much love”. Late that same year Harrison stayed in Nat’s apartment and also signed the door: “Love from George Harrison 30/11/68″.
Another Beatles entry. After rejecting the EMI stamped toilet paper at the Abbey Road studios because it was “too hard and shiny” it was put in a glass case along with a letter from EMI general manager Ken Townsend explaining their complaints. When it went to auction bids for the roll topped out at $1,545 per sheet.
In 2002 a fan bought a jar of Elvis‘ hair collected by his barber for $115,000. Yeah. £115,000. For a jar of hair. Hair that the barber claims was Elvis’. The ‘lucky’ bidder may have spent a small fortune on some randomer’s hair, hell it could be a blend of the whole town’s. Well, each to their own.
John Lennon's decayed tooth, which he apparently gave to his housekeeper back in the '60s (gee... thanks?) recently garnered 19,500 pounds, or about 31,200 U.S. dollars. The winning bidder? A Canadian dentist.
French electronic auteurs Daft Punk sold their famous black 1987 Ferrari from their movie Electroma for nearly $42,000.
A jar of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's breath (eww!) sold for $530 on eBay in 2010.
The movie star, who makes an appearance on this list by dint of her two albums, Anywhere I Lay My Head and Break Up, blew her nose during an appearance on The Tonight Show in 2008. The used Kleenex was auctioned off by host Jay Leno and raised $2,075 for the charity USA Harvest.
James Blunt’s sister
Yes, you read that right. James Blunt was so addicted to eBay back in 2004, that rather than helping his sister get to a funeral in Ireland himself, he auctioned her off online to see if someone else could take her. James never revealed how much his sister went for, but the nice man who turned up with a helicopter and took her to the funeral ended up proposing and they are now married. AHHHH. You have to admit – that one is priceless.
In 2006, Timberlake and radio station Z-100 auctioned the *NSYNC singer's leftover breakfast. A 19-year-old fan bought the french toast remainders for $3,154, and declared her plan to "freeze-dry it, then seal it... then put it on my dresser." Okay.