eBay revealed the 10 most expensive purchases made on the platform in 2017. Several of them benefited charities, with the most expensive listing netting a cool $2.679 million.

Number 1 – Power Lunch with Warren Buffett for $2.679 million

According to Forbes, Warren Buffett Net Worth is $84.3 billion. He is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which is an American multinational holding company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

It is through this company that he build his fortune in publicly traded companies, starting out with long term investments, but then transition to buying whole companies.

Buffett actually did not start the company, which traces its roots in the textile industry, but ended up as the majority shareholder in a spat over direction of the failing textile business, then run by Seabury Stanton.

Stanton had offered to buy out Buffett and both men agreed on a price of $11.5 per share. But when the written offer was presented to Buffet it was slightly lower than their oral agreement, so it angered Buffett and bought out Stanton.

Since textile was failing, the company needed a new direction, so he began investing in other companies and today Berkshire Hathaway is third largest public company in the world, and the ninth largest conglomerate by revenue.

Notable fully owned holdings by Berkshire Hathaway include Dairy Queen, Duracell, Fruit of the Loom, GEICO, Helzberg Diamonds, NetJets, Russell Brands, See’s Candies and many more.

The investment community calls him the “Oracle of Omaha” as his picks and comments on the market are closely followed by many in the community. Buffett resides in Omaha, Nebraska, while much of the investment community is centered around New York City.

With his prowess in investing and being one of the top Philanthropists in the world, his Power Lunch was the biggest single item sold on eBay with all monies going to GLIDE.

Source: eBay

Number 2 – All-Star Comics (Collectibles – Comic Book) for $936,223

Comic books seems to make this list every year. This exceptional piece from D.C. Comics fetched the number 2 spot for 2017 and is the only comic on the list. Portions of the proceeds of this item went to Trafficking Hope.

Source: eBay

Number 3 – Elvis Presley’s 1912 Wm. Knab & Co. Piano for $375,190 (Collectibles & eBay for Charity)

This sale was a bit of a bust at fetching only $375,190. Experts had estimated its value between $2.5 to $5 million. Maybe Elvis mania is finally over?

Source: eBay

Number 4 – 2015 Rolls-Royce Other Base Coupe 2-Door for $274,888

Not your typical used car on eBay Motors and normally cars in this class sold in an auction find their way on one of the big televised auction events run by like Barrett-Jackson or Mecum.

Source: eBay

Number 5 – 1952 Topps Willie Mays #261 PSA 9 MINT for $234,201.86

There are still some Baseball cards with big values. And this mint condition classic did not disappoint and was the top selling baseball card on eBay. (Note: the image is not from the actual listing and does not represent the quality grade that was sold.)

Source: eBay

Number 6 – Rolex Day Date Special Edition Platinum Meteroite Diamond 18956 – watch chest for $185,650

Rolex watches, not known for actually keeping the most accurate time, still are a big seller on eBay. And this special edition watch garnered almost as much as the medium price of a home in the U.S.

But there is a Rolex Watch contender on eBay now with an asking price of $465,000 and $50 for shipping (a different style watch from the one sold). Should it sell before the year is up, it would move to #3 on this list.

Source: eBay

Number 7 – 2016 Cat 926M Wheel Loader Diesel Rubber Tire Tractor Wheel Loader Cab AC & Heat for $137,500

Finally something practical that sold on eBay and made the Top 10 for 2017. At this price it even came with A/C and Heat.

Source: eBay

Number 8 – 6.55ct Diamonds Earrings Radiant Studs FY Flawless GIA GRAFF Inscription for $103,000

The top selling jewelry (if you consider watches something else), was this pair of earrings.

Source: eBay

Number 9 – Sparton Nocturne the Holy Grail of Art Deco radios 1934 for $95,001

Who says you must have good copy to sell products on eBay. Here is the listing description for this vintage radio:

  • Vintage original restored Art Deco Sparton Nocturne radio.
  • As you know, you do not see these often. Probably about a dozen of these radios still exist and most are in museums. Barbara Streisand has two , one blue and the other one is peach.
  • If you are either a radio OR art deco collector, you will NEVER need to buy another work of art or radio !
  • I have ALL THE PROVENANCE about this radio ! This exact radio was described in the MAARC volume 10 , number 5 , of May , 1993.
  • I had the privilege to have this beauty in my house since 1996.
  • This radio is at the top of the peak !!! Do not miss your chance to own a part of early American history.
  • Ask if you have any questions before buying this radio or making an offer. Check my Ebay feedback……over 700 items @ 100% .
  • If you hit the buy it now price , I will throw in a Bluebird and 557 Sled for free….both in excellent condition !
  • Ask me about the history and PROVENANCE I have about this radio.
  • Thanks for your interest and God Bless !
  • Make an offer that I can’t say no to !
Source: eBay

Number 10 – New Hermes Birkin Vert Emerald Emraude + Fuchsia Bicolor HSS 30 Crocodile for $88,000

Rounding out the Top 10 is a gaudy looking handbag. One of eBay’s campaigns for 2017 was “Fill Your Cart With Color” and clearly this is not boring brown…

Source: eBay

There you have it, the Top 10 highest priced sold items on eBay for 2017. Data is from eBay purchases globally from 1/1/17 – 12/10/17.

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  1. Elvis is not a guy you put on E-bay. LOL. You put him on Christies, Sotheby-s – and at private sales. Don’t believe me, check this out i) “Double Elvis”, 1963, sold privately in 1989 by the Estate of Albert Grossman, (previous owner, Mr. Grossman’s main client, Bob Dylan) to the New York Museum of Modern Art for US750,000. Another 17 copies are said to exist, including three located at the Seattle Art Museum, in Seattle, WA, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and a third one, also called “Ghost Elvis” because it is the final and most opaque image in the series, as exhibited in July 2012 at the Halcyon Gallery in London England. Kindly see also v) below, ii) “Campbell’ s Elvis”, 1962, Warhol’s first painting in which he superimposed two images onto a single canvas, sold at Christie’s on 9 November 2010 for US$1.45 million
    iii) “Red Elvis,” 1962, sold privately in February 2000, for US$2.9 million and later adjudicated, after a Connecticut Superior Court ruling, to its original owner, newsprint entrepreneur Peter M. Brant iv) “Elvis X2” , 1963, sold at Christie’s in November 2007 for US$15.7 million.v) “Double Elvis”, 1963, sold at Sotheby’s in May 2012 for US$37.1 million (not the same silkscreen as in i) above. Another similar one, entitled “Elvis 2 times” 1963, can be found at at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New Yorkvi) “Triple Elvis”, 1963, sold at Christies’s in November 2014 for US$81.9 million and currently at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A similar silkscreen, also from 1963, can be found at the Virginia Museum of Modern Art, in Richmond. vii) “Eight Elvises”, 1963, sold privately, in December 2008, for US$100 million and thought to have been purchased by the Qatari Royal family. viii) “Gold (en) Boot (Slippers) Elvis Presley”, 1957, (price paid, current location and year of sale unknown)ix) “Single Elvis”, 1963, (bought in 2009 for a price still unknown by Eli Broad, founder of the Broad Museum, in Los Angeles, where it is now located,). Similar silkscreens, all from 1963, are located at the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest, Hungary, the National Gallery of Australia in Parkes, Camberra and the Akron Museum, in Akron OH x) “Elvis I and II”, 1963-64 located at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada xi) “Elvis 11 times”, 1963, located at the Warhol Museum in Pittsburg, PA #Elvispresley. One of his two BMW, the one he gave to Ursula Andress sold for US$1.1 million at Sotheby-s, and the other went through a 2 year restoration and is currently the jewel in the crown that is the BMW Museum in Munich.

    1. I thought that was a stretch too. I think there was a charitable reason behind it, but still it sounds like they didn’t get anywhere near what they thought they would. I doubt we will see higher end authentic Elvis stuff on eBay again.

      Thank you for your comments.

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