10 Items That People Spent Thousands Of Dollars On Despite Their Strange Backstories

Realtors have the most trouble selling houses haunted by rumors of mysterious spirits and spooky ghosts. And if the houses are ever sold, they tend to go for a lot less than their original worth because, the fact is, most people don’t want to pay a lot for something with a dark past. Most, but not everyone!

Not all horror lovers stick to scary movies and Halloween tales. Some obsess over real-life stories of murders, while others empty their bank accounts for chilling artworks, ominous toys, and even true crime memorabilia. The following 10 objects carry a creepy history…but an even scarier price tag!

1. The allegedly haunted Black Orlov diamond was last auctioned off in 2006, and it sold for a whopping $352,000. But due to its mysterious history, the price kept climbing after that sale. Wait until you hear what its estimated value became…

The Orlov is also known as the Eye of Brahma because it’s believed to have been a literal eye stolen from a statue of Brahma, the Hindu creator God. Once stolen, it became haunted, and led several past owners to unexplained suicides. As of 2018, it was valued at over $1 million!

2. This is not the original infamous Annabelle, but the prop that they used in the movies Annabelle and The Conjuring. The doll that inspired the movies may not look as frightening, but she’s definitely haunted…

The original doll belonged to Ed and Lorraine Warren and allegedly contained a real-life demon that nearly killed several people. With the movies about them being such a hit, many horror fans would “kill” for a prop like this — that’s why it sold for $2,500.

3. Pictured below is Michael Jackson’s “death room,” the bedroom in Los Angeles where he passed away in 2009. During the days before this loss, his doctor sat on the chair on the left, administering the medication Propofol that ended up killing the King Of Pop.

MJ suffered from physical and mental health issues his entire life, and he died alone in his bed because of his physician. The chair in which the doctor sat and applied the lethal dose of Propofol was sold to Zack Bagans for about $15,000.

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4. This painting is called The Hands Resist Him, and like most of Bill Stoneham’s works, it is straight-up fuel for nightmares. Cameras recorded the pictured young boy moving, and it’s been said to cause anxiety, illness, and even three deaths. 

In the years following the creation of The Hands Resist Him, Stoneham painted two sequels and even a prequel called The Hands Invent Him, which depicts himself behind the door, holding a paintbrush. The Haunted Museum in Las Vegas acquired the prequel, but the original sold for $1,025 on eBay!

5. This little porcelain doll was also listed on eBay. Her name was Diana, and she was said to be haunted by a woman of the same name. According to the online listing, she loved feminine accessories like jewelry and perfume.

Stories say Diana caused swings to move by themselves, and her owners even saw phantom children. If you want to test those theories out for yourself, you can buy Diana for a mere $1,250. Let the swinging begin!

6. The story behind The Anguished Man is that blood was mixed in with the oils. It was found in an old woman’s attic, where, because of the painting, she allegedly saw a dark figure, heard crying, and suffered from nightmares for 25 years.

It was eventually passed down to her grandson, a man named Sean Robinson. It was sitting in his basement until it began haunting him too. Afraid of what it could do, Sean listed it online for a whopping £1500, or $1,900.  Good riddance!

7. Also called the Butcher of Plainfield, Ed Gein was known for using the skin and bones of corpses to spruce up his furniture and create other decorations. Very few of his possessions were kept around, but this pot in which he supposedly boiled the remains of his victims was one of those that survived. 

Although his house was burned to the ground after his arrest, a few things like the pot and his car remained. Ghost Adventures‘ Zak Bagans bought the scary pot for $2,800 to display it in his paranormal-themed museum.

8. This painting of a crying boy has been replicated many times, with each copy said to be haunted. The original was linked to tales of injury, disease, and the sound of children crying, even if the household didn’t include any kids.

Many houses containing the painting burned to the ground. The Crying Boy, however, went unscathed every time. The price slapped on the original painting was at least $5,000, not including the cost of rebuilding your house, of course.

9. The Suicide Van or the Death Bus was a 1968 Volkswagen that was used to aid in over 100 assisted suicides in the 1990s. People with incurable diseases or severe depression could come to the van’s owner, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, to help bring their lives to an end.

The doctor, an advocate for euthanasia, stated he only wanted to help people, but still served some prison time for second-degree murder. The van in which he kept the machines he used to carry out his mission was eventually purchased by Zack Bagans (again) for $32,500.

10. Something must’ve been haunting Beatles frontman John Lennon. When his molar fell out, he originally asked his housekeeper to get rid of it, but she had other plans with the tooth…

She didn’t throw it out, nor did she give it to her daughter, who was a great fan of The Beatles. Instead, she kept it. It was a good choice because the molar was bought for £19,000, or about $31,000 by a Canadian dentist. That is one sweet tooth!

If haunted objects scare you, it’s best to stay away from items like these. Perhaps you can pay these large amounts to keep the spirits away from you!

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