You might say that one lucky eBay bidder wanted to learn how to play a mean pinball with this purchase:
When an original Beatles photograph is sans autograph and fetches $999.00 on eBay it’s certain to have a story behind it. This photo was taken at Palais Ballroom in Adlershot, a military town in northeast Hampshire in December 1961. The clincher; there were only 18 people in the audience and Mersey Beat photographer Dick Matthews captured the void quite vividly.
Freddie Mercury was the one who suggested that the artwork for Queen’s tenth album ‘Hot Space’ feature a graphic image of each band member in its own colored square. Bold, vibrant colors were chosen for the cover and as a result dingy record store walls across the land were suddenly beaming with a majestic hue. Recently, the complete workings of that original artwork appeared on eBay and sold for $1,750.00.
The black obelisk-shaped object that Led Zeppelin featured on the cover and inside sleeve of their seventh album, ‘Presence,’ was intended to represent the force and presence of the group. In 1976 their label Swan Song produced 1,000 replicas of ‘The Object’ to be used as 12” numbered promotional statues. Recently on eBay, #834 went up for auction and sold for $2,000.00.
Very few tubes of Alice Cooper’s ‘Whiplash’ mascara are known to exist, so to find a prototype of this 1973 vintage eye makeup for sale is a nightmare come true. It’s a superb discovery until one realizes that the bidding was serious enough to scare $1,825.00 out of a buyer on eBay. An eye-enhancing shade like ‘Billion Dollar Black’ may be tempting but how frightening is it to lay down that kind of cash for 40-year old makeup?
In 1966 a Bob Dylan ticket with the face value of $3.50 could gain one entry into the Ottawa YMCA Auditorium to see the 24-year old perform in concert. Recently, someone bid $1,134.99 to win the torn stub of one of these rare ’66 tickets while it was up for auction on eBay. In other words, the winner paid 324 times more for it than the original ticket buyer did.