Have you been looking to spend over $580,000 on a useless piece of Hollywood memorabilia? Sorry! You’re too late. Yesterday, according to Reuters, “Fifteen Oscar statuettes…sold for a total of $3 million at an online auction,” including $588,455 for “Herman Mankiewicz's statuette for best screenplay, which he won for co-writing the 1941 film Citizen Kane with Orson Welles.” Much to Judd Apatow’s dismay.
(Fun fact: the Best Picture Oscar for Gone with the Wind was sold to Michael Jackson in 1999 for a reported $1.54 million, which, in auction terms, means it’s half as awesome as Mark McGwire's 70th-home-run baseball, which Spawn creator Todd McFarlane paid $3 million for. Money well spent.)
But if you’re in the market for a used award, eBay has got you covered. This is a list of 10 awards and certifications you can purchase on the auction website. Some were given to entertainment celebrities, others to military leaders – but they’re all wildly expensive, and TOTALLY (not) WORTH IT.
Award: "Personal Gold Sales Award Marky Mark & Prince Ital Joe"
I purchase public storage vaults at auctions. Last month i found this in a producers room. High bid will get this Mark Wahlberg Artist Personal Gold Sales Award Marky Mark & Prince Ital Joe Feat. This award was presented to Mark himself. Not sure why this guy had it.
Award: "1984 Marcus Allen Super Bowl XVIII MVP 14k GOLD Award Watch"
Here we have a one of a kind item, guaranteed not another one like it out there! This is the 1984 Super Bowl XVIII MVP Award Watch given to Marcus Allen himself. This watch comes with an iron clad providence letter from a close associate of the team from whom we obtained this piece. The watch is a 14k Swiss V8 7 jewel watch with a genuine croco band.
Award: "Neil Armstrong Signed Program From the 1989 AMP Award Winners Dinner" (close enough)
Armstrong goes to Australia to attend a space-themed insurance awards banquet.
Up for sale is this rare signed dinner program by Neil Armstrong. The program is from the 1989 AMP Award Winners dinner held on January 20, 1989, at the Wentworth Sheraton Hotel, signed inside in blue ballpoint by Armstrong. Measuring 4 x 8.25 closed, In nice condition, with a crease to top left corner. In January 1989, Neil Armstrong was the guest of Australia's largest Mutual Assurance Society (AMP). He was present at the Sales winners banquet which had as its theme ‘Who Dares Wins.
Award: "Jackie Robinson 1947 NAACP Annual Merit Award"
Jackie Robinson (Brooklyn Dodgers) was presented with this 1947 N.A.A.C.P. Annual Merit Award certificate, their highest honor printed in summation, “…your fellow members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, …take pride in your ‘come through’ performance with so much at stake for American unity, democracy, and fair play.” The 8 X 11 certificate is hand signed by the organizations Chairman and President and gives further recognition to Robinson’s All-American athletic achievements while at UCLA and being a “star of the gridiron, diamond, track and court, first four letter man at your Alma Mater…you became the first man in the history of your country to grip the handle of a baseball bat and knock prejudice clear out of a Big League Ball park!”
Award: "JULIUS DR. J ERVING 1987 VICTOR AWARD like ESPY"
This 19-1/2"-tall (5-3/4"-diameter base) Victor Award was presented to basketball legend Julius Erving in 1987. The gleaming, gold plated statuette, which is widely regarded as the sporting equivalent of the Academy Awards, is annually bestowed in recognition of outstanding athletic achievements. A highly visual and aesthetically attractive presentation prevails as the carefully sculpted figurine extends his arm while holding a wreath in his hand. The 15-3/4"-tall icon stands atop a substantial marble base, and the plaque adorning the platform reads, "JULIUS ERVING 'DR. J' IN RECOGNITION OF YOUR EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENTS IN BASKETBALL AND OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO HUMANITY VICTOR AWARDS XXI 1987 SPORTSMEN'S CLUB - CITY OF HOPE." With COA from Dr. J . This was like the ESPY awards (ESPN) before there was an ESPN. Google the Victor awards and you'll find an impressive list of past award winners.
Award: "EMINEM AWARD FOR THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP NON RIAA"
EMINEM NON RIAA AWARD, THIS AWARD WAS GIVEN TO EMINEM FROM MTV AND INTERSCOPE RECORDS FOR THE SALE OF 16,000,000 MILLION CDS OF THE MARSHALL MATHERS CD. IT FEATURES FLAGS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD AND HOW MANY ALBUMS HE SOLD THERE. THIS AWARD CAN BE SEEN IN MANY OF EMINEMS VIDEOS, 50 CENT ONCE SAID HE WONT STOP RAPPING UNTILL HE GETS AN AWARD LIKE THIS ONE! THIS AWARD WAS GIVEN TO ELLI COLA, HE IS A RECORD EXECUTIVE. LOOK IT UP AND SEE FOR YOURSELF. OK JUST TO LET YOU NO THIS AWARD HAS A LITTLE DAMAGE BUT NOT BAD, FIRST OFF IS THE LOOSE CD ROLLING AROUND THE FRONT OF PLAQUE, ITS A EASY FIX IF YOU TAKE IT TO A FRAME STORE, ALSO THERE IS SOME PAINT FADING ALOUNG THE SIDES OF FRAME, YOU CAN SEE THEM IN THE PICTURES. THERE IS SOME CHIPPING IN THE TOP CORNERS OF FRAME, THESE CAN BE TOUCHED UP WITH A LITTLE PAINT. OVERALL ITS IN GREAT SHAPE AND ITS HIGLY COLLECTIBLE AND VERY RARE, NO 1, I MEAN NO 1 HAS ONE OF THESE FOR SALE AND YOU WONT SEE ANOTHER ON HERE. THESE AWARDS ARE ONLY GIVEN TO THE ARTISTS AND THERE MANAGEMENT AND RECORD COMPANY EXECUTIVES
(You think that's unreadable — on the source page, it's in size 36 Comic Sans.)
Award: "Imperial Russian St. Anna award officer's sabre Shashka sword c1864"
I am pleased to offer for sale from my collection this ultimate rare and highly collectible Imperial Russian St.Anna award officer's sabre Shashka sword c1864, made by the famous Zlatoust armory factory. It has been awarded for bravery in the battle in West Caucas. On the blade is engraved "for the capture of West Caucas in 1864" (za vzjatie zapadnogo Kavkaza v 1864). The owner of this sabre was Caucasian Cossack Captain Stanislav Kuzmanovich. He was awarded with the prize for duel with swords in 1970,and this award was added to his sword (on the croguard is mounted solid silver badge with the monogram of Tsar Alexander II, writen "za fehtovalni boy" (for duel on swords). On the handle is mounted the St.Anna badge 4th class, enamelled. The crossguard is engraved "for bravery" (za hrabrost).
This shashka has amazing sharp steel blade,engraved with the monogram of Tsar Alexander II on one side and with the text "for the capture of West Caucas in 1864" on the other side. Original wooden scabbard, covered with leather.Bronze ends and loops.
Award: "Mick Jagger Signed RIAA Gold Record Award Rolling Stones Exile on Main St Album"
"Autographed RIAA gold record award presented to Mick Jagger to commemorate the sale of more than 500,000 copies of the Rolling Stones "Exile On Main St". Originally purchased (unsigned) at Sotheby's New York, this award was later signed by Mick Jagger at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida on December 6th,1997; the day after the band's Bridges To Babylon concert at Miami's Orange Bowl. Comes encased in a plush, velvet-lined shadow box along with a photograph of the poolside signing, an American Express receipt from the hotel's outdoor cafe (dated 12/6/97), a ticket stub from the December 5th show, the original Sotheby's invoice and an assortment of newspaper clippings describing the Stones nearly week long stay at the exclusive oceanside resort. Overall dimensions are 30" tall x 25" wide x 4" deep."
Award: "I Love Lucy (Ball) 1953 Emmy Award Equivalent"
Special "Award of Merit" presented to Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz from The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1953, at the height of their ultra-popular sitcom, "I Love Lucy." The award — presented for extraordinary achievement beyond the standard Emmy — is in the shape of a shield, and consists of an engraved brass sheet mounted on a wooden plaque. The inscription reads in full, "The Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences/Takes Pleasure In Presenting/This Award Of Merit To LUCILLE BALL & DESI ARNAZ/For Their Outstanding Contributions Toward The Advancement Of Television/In The Field Of Entertainment./Hollywood, Calif./June 23, 1953." Accompanied by an LOA from Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, who inherited the beloved possession from her mother's estate. Award measures 9'x7'. Some expected scuffing, overall in very good condition.
Award: "RARE Elite Pilot award from Chinese Air Force Academy"
"It is very hard to find the information, but I will fill you in some history before the Flying Tigers movie coming out soon. This is presented by Chiang Kai-shek, which is top honor to only few and best pilots off the Air force Acamedy, so pesumasubly, there is only few around. It is 7 3/4" plate and 1/2 inch thick, weighs at 2.6 pounds which is pretty heavy!
The backbone of the Composite Wing consisted mainly of Chinese fliers. But a great number of American pilots were sent to China. They fought the Japanese wing to wing with their Chinese colleage. There were American and Chinese commanders at every commanding level of the CACW. The closely meshing of the US and Chinese fliers in this unique fighting force in the air also reflected the excellent cooperation between the two countries.
Bonus! You can also buy the “authentic embellished suede, sequins, and beaded brown pants worn by Faith Hill at the 1994 Country Music Awards.” I know, I’m so excited I can’t BREATHE, either. (Sorry. But I only have so many go-to Faith Hill references.)