When Big Brother star Nikki Grahame emerged from The Attitude Magazine Hot 100 party this week, it was clear that she was well-refreshed. The tricky job of climbing into a car while wearing high-heeled shoes proved too much for her, so she lost a shoe in the process. An eagle-eyed fan claims to have spotted it, and put it up for sale on eBay.
The listing claims that the seller was outside the club at the time and "luckily for all you nikki fans out there we rescued it and here it is for you to bid on". The shoe is size Five and from New Look, which means if you actually want to wear the shoe, you'll need to pop out and buy the other half of the pair.
Unfortunately, as the seller reveals, it's not in the best possible condition for showing off, because "as the car left the shoe was run over so there is a small rip in the shoe!"
The listing also makes it clear that the seller appreciates this is a novelty item that could capture people's imagination or sink without a trace. He writes: "i wonder if this makes as much as the last brussels sprout on xmas day, or the pushchair that went for over 100grand." "I'll be surprised if it makes its opening asking price of £0.99."
The seller may well be surprised, because after just a few hours, the shoe reached £117 after attracting 23 bids. The following morning, the price had soared to £5,600. They have committed to giving 50% of everything they make to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Unusual eBay sales
The seller is quite right, novelty items have fetched some highly unusual prices in the past. Five of the oddest we have reported on include:
Bags of air from the Kanye West concert in London went on sale shortly after the show in March.
An extra-long Hula Hoop crisp, billed as 'the world's longest hula hoop (cheese & onion) attracted a bid of £510 when it went on sale in March this year. It's not known whether the buyer stumped up the cash.
A few weeks later, a crisp with a hole in it in shape of a Nike tick sold for £21 - with all proceeds going to charity. The seller admitted he'd only put the crisp up for sale to prove to his unimpressed housemates that somebody out there would be interested.
At the beginning of the year a man listed his children's buggy, explaining that "This was purchased against my wishes many years ago as I never wanted children and the buggy signified my wife's intent to have children." It sold for £350.
One of the most famous examples was last year, at the height of the loom band craze, when a dress made from loom bands was put up for sale. The final winning bid was for £170,100, although subsequently it emerged that the winning bidder hadn't been serious. The dress was relisted and made £220.
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