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!

11. Robert Gene Otto, or “Gene” as he preferred it, was an eccentric artist who came from a prominent family in Key West, Florida. When he was young boy, his grandfather gave him an unusual doll for his birthday. That doll would eventually gain a reputation for being one of the spookiest toys to be made.

The doll was manufactured by Steiff, a popular German toy manufacturer that was known for inventing the teddy bear. Although the doll wasn’t meant to be sold as a toy, Gene’s grandfather managed to purchase it from the company anyway.

Gene immediately developed an unhealthy attachment to his new friend, and according to stories, the doll—aptly named “Robert”—started to take on a haunting personality of its own. But that was impossible, right?

Gene dressed up Robert in one of his old sailor suits and carried it around everywhere he went. He formed an extreme attachment to it, and the doll, in turn, seemed to be just as smitten with its human companion…

Gene’s love of his new toy went far beyond infatuation. He would carry it with him up and down the streets wherever he went, and he talked to people about the doll as if it were actually a living being.

Then, odd things began happening in the Otto household. Items would frequently move locations and strange noises were heard throughout the home. Gene’s parents, naturally, believed their son was behind the mischief…

Gene, however, would always blame the commotion on Robert. At first, his parents chalked it up to a wild imagination—until they noticed odd things happening even when their son wasn’t home. The creepy occurrences continued as their son grew older, too.

One theory was that a Bahamian girl who used to work for Robert’s parents placed a voodoo curse on the doll after they wronged her. Of course, this was never proven to be true.

Disturbing incidents seemed to happen whenever Robert was around. Once, a plumber who was working on the Otto family’s home reported hearing the laughter of a child… before Robert the doll mysteriously moved across the room into a different chair.

As Gene grew older, he eventually moved out of his parents’ house and into a large home in Key West, Florida. Gene was happy he was finally on his own, and of course, he brought his old doll along with him.

As an adult, Gene no longer carried Robert with him everywhere he went, though he was still attached to the doll. He fixed a room on the top floor of his home for the toy, making sure it had everything it needed so it didn’t “feel” lonely and neglected.

Gene placed the doll in a chair that faced out of the top window. People on the street below took notice of it, and pretty soon they started avoiding the house altogether. Some claimed they could see it move on its own, and others said they felt it watching them as they passed.

Gene’s wife (center), whom he married many years before he moved to Key West, also began resenting the doll and everything it seemed to stand for. She eventually made Gene store it in the attic, secluded from the public.

After Gene and his wife’s deaths in 1974, a woman named Myrtle Reuter moved into the Key West home. The home came partially furnished—and it also came with Robert. Myrtle had no idea of the doll’s spooky history…

The doll remained stashed in the attic of the home for nearly 20 years. Over the course of that time, Myrtle noticed odd sounds and misplaced items, and eventually, she donated Robert to the Fort East Martello Museum in Florida. She felt it truly was haunted.

The museum was more than happy to accept the mysterious new addition to their collection. Of course, the employees figured Myrtle was just extremely paranoid; there was no way the doll was actually possessed… right?

Almost immediately after Robert arrived at the museum, lines formed out the door to see it. Even though the building didn’t advertise the new arrival at all, word quickly spread that it was displaying a haunted doll.

Everyone wanted to take a picture with Robert. They were intrigued by its mysterious—and supposedly haunted—past. Some even claimed their electronics would strangely act up when they approached the glass encasement.

Visitors would even write letters to the inanimate object asking its forgiveness, especially when it came to taking its picture without asking. They didn’t want any sort of bad luck headed their way.

To this day, Robert remains in the Fort East Martello Museum in Florida. People from all over still visit it, hoping to catch a glimpse of some paranormal activity. The doll, now 115 years old, still manages to spook those who dare to get up close!

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