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Sorry I haven't posted sooner but I was busy this morning listing a few items on eBay. (Anyone in the market for an old Mac Powerbook ca. 1992? Aside from the fact that it takes the better part of the morning to boot up, the thing still runs remarkably well!)

Anyway, I got to thinking: what are some of the more interesting items that have sold on eBay? Wiki had a few interesting things to say on the subject:

The 9-foot-high Jeopardy! logo that was etched in glass as the [TV show's set] backdrop sold for approximately $100,000. One of the contestant podiums sold for nearly $10,000

One of the largest items ever sold was a World War II submarine, sold by a small town in New England that decided it did not need the historical relic anymore.

In May 2005, a Volkswagen Golf that had previously been registered to Cardinal Josef Ratzinger (who had been elected Pope Benedict XVI) was sold on eBay's German site for €188,938.88.

The town of Bridgeville, California was sold for $1,777,877. However the winning bidder backed out of the deal and Bruce Krall subsequently purchased it for $700,000. It was placed for sale on eBay once again on April 4, 2006, with a starting price of $1,750,000.

Of course this pales by comparison, but it turns out that the second ever issue of mental_floss sold just last week for a whopping $42.65. See what kind of value you're getting for free just by following our blog?

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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