In the aftershocks of the slew of celebrity deaths in 2009, we’re seeing the cult of celebrity truly begin to emphasize its own cult-y-ness. It’s a little creepy, a little interesting, and very, very profitable for anybody who is willing to defile a celebrity’s body or memory as a means to get some dough. Michael Jackson’s white glove is an eerie reminder of the once-great king of pop, but that’s not the only creepy thing that super-fans have scrounged for. Here’s 6 bizarre celebrity artifacts.
Ty Cobb’s Teeth
Ty Cobb died in 1961, but Karen Shemonsky used to carry a little piece of him with her. That’s not figurative language, by the way, Karen Shemonsky is the proud owner of baseball legend Ty Cobb’s dentures. And, even more bizarrely, she bought them for just $500. She’s now 62, and this daughter-of-a-dentist (not a joke) has surrounded the dentures with a glove, a ball, and some books about Ty Cobb to make “a real nice display” which she sold in 2000 for $8,000.
Andre Agassi’s Pony Tail
Andre Agassi’s ponytail was once a necessary part of his iconography. Though, during his renaissance, it became they symbol of his entering a new era in his career. Of course, at this momentous hair event, a Las Vegas sports café paid thousands of dollars for the ponytail which now sits in a glass vault, creepily keeping watch over hungry tourists and sports fans.
Britney Spears’ Gum, Corndog, and Sandwich
Britney Spears has put a lot of things in her mouth of the years. Some are grosser than others, but three items that’ve been in and back out again were put up for sale on eBay some years ago. On separate occasions eBay users that were close enough at one point to Britney to pick up her trash, had for sale a piece of her used chewing gum, a corn dog she’d taken several bites out of, and a half-finished egg salad sandwich (all vacuum wrapped). Check them out here and here.
Cher’s bra was sold at auction in Las Vegas in 2007 and was purchased by the Hard Rock Hotel for display in their establishment. This is, too, her personal bra, not some totally weird stage prop she used when dancing on a battleship (although, we wonder how much that’d go for). She also ended up auctioning off many of her personal items in order to redecorate her Malibu home in a more “worldly” style, but none of the auctioned items were quite this personal.
This year, in competition with much of the famed Jackson estate, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is serving up a clump of Elvis’s hair. They’re unsure, as of yet, what the hair will ultimately go for, but a few years ago, a similar clump went for just over $100,000. There are also several other, presumably less creepy, items for sale – all from the Gary Pepper collection of Elvis Presley Memorabilia.”
M.J.’s Famous Glove
And, of course, there’s the most desirable item on this list, and truly, in the twisted world of bizarre celebrity memorabilia. It’s Michael Jackson’s legendary, white, sequined glove – the one that he wore during the music video for Billie Jean and Motown 25. It’s going to be auctioned off by Darren Julien of Darren Julien’s auctions at the Hard Rock Café in Time Square, New York for an estimated dodecabajillion Euros.