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eBay has released its annual ‘Most Interesting and Expensive Purchases’ of the year list, taking a look back at some of the most notable purchases of 2019. With millions of buyers, ranging from car-enthusiasts, to card collectors to sport superfans and more, eBay connects shoppers with exactly what they want. This year high-end shoppers scooped up everything from rare sports memorabilia, supercars, luxury timepieces, to experiences for good, regardless of the price tag. In 2019 alone, some of the most expensive items sold on eBay fetched more than $4 million.

These high ticket items varied from over $7,000 to $4.5 million. And, the biggest sales came from multiple categories, including investment caliber cards, luxury vehicles, fine watches and more! Record high sales included a Tom Brady 2000 Autographed Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Trading Card, which sold over $400,000 (signed by the six-time Super Bowl winner set the record for highest-sum ever paid for a football card) and a Michael Jordan 1997 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Card that sold over $350,000 (one of 10 ever made and the highest priced basketball card ever sold on eBay).

eBay also pulled the most expensive purchases on eBay for Charity in 2019, which included lunch with Warren Buffett, an overnight stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite at Magic Kingdom® Park, benefiting organizations like The V Foundation for Cancer Research and Homes For Our Troops.

Check out a breakdown of 2019’s most expensive purchases on eBay across gaming, sports, fashion, cars and more!

Top 20 Overall Most Expensive eBay Purchases in 2019

  • 20th Annual Power Lunch with Warren Buffett to Benefit GLIDE: $4,567,888
  • Tom Brady 2000 Autographed Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Trading Card: $400,100
  • Michael Jordan 1997 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Card: $350,100
  • 2015 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster: $349,800
  • 2014 Newmar King Aire Motorhome: $280,000
  • 2019 Lamborghini Urus “Bianco Icarus”: $245,995
  • 1986 Piper Malibu: $225,000
  • 2005 Ford Ford GT: $220,000
  • 2019 Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2: $209,900
  • 2012 Lamborghini Aventador 2dr Coupe: $200,000
  • 2019 Porsche 911: $199,000
  • 2009 Lamborghini Murcielago: $190,000
  • 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia: $185,000
  • 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder: $174,995
  • 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead: $172,100
  • 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe: $169,700
  • Magic The Gathering MTG Black Lotus Card: $166,100
  • Patek Philippe Grand Complications Calendar Manual Gold Men’s Watch, 5270G-014: $139,500
  • Patek Philippe Grand Complications Perpetual Calendar Chrono Watch, 5270G-018: $125,000
  • Rolex New 18 Kt Rose Gold Masterpiece Pave Diamond Bracelet, 86285, Sant Blanc: $100,001

Top 10 Most Expensive eBay for Charity Purchases in 2019

  • 20th Annual Power Lunch with Warren Buffett to Benefit GLIDE: $4,567,888
  • Miranda Lambert Closet Clear Out + Meet & Greet: $103,850.29
  • Stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite at Magic Kingdom® Park: $75,600
  • Custom “Moon Landing” Under Armour Curry 6 Shoes Worn & Signed by Stephen Curry: $58,100.00
  • UFC Ultimate Fan Experience + Private Meet & Greet with Dana White: $52,137
  • Pitch Lunch with Dallas Mavericks’ Owner Mark Cuban: $43,108
  • Creation Storm, 2017 Art Piece by April Gornik: $39,100
  • Attend the Premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of SkyWalker: $35,108
  • Alabama Football Experience with Coach Nick Saban: $35,100
  • Ultimate Le Batard Experience: $25,708

Most Expensive Cars Bought on eBay in 2019

  • 2015 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster: $349,800
  • 2019 Lamborghini Urus “Bianco Icarus”: $245,995
  • 2005 Ford Ford GT: $220,000
  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class: $219,000
  • 2019 Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2: $209,900

Most Expensive Trading Cards Bought on eBay in 2019

  • Tom Brady 2000 Autographed Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Trading Card: $400,100
  • Michael Jordan 1997 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Card: $350,100
  • Magic The Gathering MTG Black Lotus Card: $166,100
  • Magic The Gathering MTG 1993 Alpha Black Lotus Card: $39,900.68
  • Magic The Gathering MTG 1993 Alpha Birds Of Paradise Card: $37,877

Most Expensive Entertainment Memorabilia Bought on eBay in 2019

  • 1964 Rolling Stones First Tour Concert Poster with Ticket Sub, Rare: $25,100
  • World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary Signed Art Print: $20,000
  • Rock-ola Beatles Yellow Submarine Juke Box, Original, New In Box: $18,500
  • Life Size Star Wars R2D2 Remote Control Aluminum Full Size Prop: $17,500
  • 1940s-1950s Hollywood Autograph Collection featuring James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne: $15,100
  • Stan Lee Signed Infinity Gauntlet: $15,000

Top Luxury Watches Bought on eBay in 2019

  • Patek Philippe Grand Complications Calendar Manual Gold Men’s Watch, 5270G-014: $139,500
  • Patek Philippe Grand Complications Perpetual Calendar Chrono Watch, 5270G-018: $125,000
  • Rolex 18 Kt Rose Gold Masterpiece Pave Diamond Bracelet: $100,001
  • Richard Mille Automatic Chronograph in Rose Gold/ Titanium Watch : $96,900
  • Rolex Daytona White Gold Auto 40mm Diamond Strap Deployant Watch: $89,950

Top Jewelry Bought on eBay in 2019

  • 5.01 Yellow Diamond in Gold ring + 1ct Side Stones: $65,950
  • 7.31 Ct Light Yellow Princess Cut Diamond in Platinum 18K: $55,000
  • Tiffany & Co 2.52 Ct Lucida Diamond Engagement Ring: $41,500
  • 8.84 Ct Natural Sapphire Diamond Ring: $40,000
  • Roberto Coin Cento 2.008 Ct Round Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring: $36,000

Top Handbags Bought on eBay in 2019

  • Hermes Birkin 30 Malachite Togo Green Handbag: $9,850
  • Hermes Birkin 30 Black Clemence Leather Palladium Hardware Handbag: $9,500
  • Hermes Birkin Palladium Hardware Handbag with Key and Lock: $9,500
  • Hermes Birkin 30CM Black Gold Tone Togo Handbag: $9,000
  • Hermes Constance Handbag Evercolor 24: $8,924

Top Sneakers Bought on eBay in 2019

  • Nike Zoom Vapor Roger Federer Tennis Shoes: $10,000
  • Nike Air Mag 2016 Back to the Future, Marty McFly, Self Lacing: $9,000
  • Nike Sb Dunk Low “Freddy Kreuger”: $8,000
  • 1985 Original OG Nike Air Jordan 1 Chicago, White, Black Red Bred 4280: $7,500

Top Vinyl Bought on eBay in 2019

  • Northern Soul Del Larks Queen City 1967: $13,101
  • Mozart’s Piano Sonatas by Vlado Perlemuter: $13,000
  • Beethoven’s Violin Concerto by Leonid Kogan: $9,400
  • George Szell Beethoven No 9: $7,760
  • Bob Dylan Freewheelin’ with 4 Different Tracks: $7,500

Top Comic Books Bought on eBay in 2019

  • 1962 Marvel Amazing Fantasy #15, CGC 5.0, Spider Man’s Origin/First Appearance,
  • Huge Key Issue: $32,000
  • Fantastic Four #1: $30,000
  • Amazing Fantasy #15, Origin/First Appearance of Spider Man: $29,999
  • Incredible Hulk #1, Hulk’s Origin/First Appearance: $29,500
  • Amazing Fantasy #15, Spider Man’s Origin/First Appearance: $26,422

Top Action Figures Sold in 2019

  • 1977 Star Wars Action Figures: $12,600
  • Ideal Super Queens Batgirl Original 1967 Action Figure: $6,000
  • Complete Set of Original Star Wars Kenner Action Figures from 1976 to 1985: $5,600
  • Lord of the Rings Action Figures: $4,875
  • Captain Action Super Queen 1967 Ideal Wonder Woman: $4,200

Top Video Games Sold in 2019

  • NES Stadium Events NTSC Nintendo Game: $15,499
  • NES Nintendo Kid Icarus VGA 85+, Gold: $14,000
  • Super Mario World Nintendo Black Label SNES: $13,500
  • Nintendo World Championships 1990 NWC Cartridge #273: $13,500
  • Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out Original NES 1989 White Label: $12,211

*Data is from eBay purchases globally from 1/1/19 – 12/6/19.
SOURCE eBay Inc.

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RetailMeNot’s Five to Buy in February

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The wintry temps may make you cold, but February deals are sure to warm your heart. It’s not only a great time to shower your valentine with roses and gifts, but it’s a great time to make other smart and timely purchases as well.

The shopping and trends expert for RetailMeNot, Sara Skirboll, agrees. “With the biggest football game of the year, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day on the horizon, retailers will offer tremendous savings on a variety of categories — from TVs and TV dinners to all of your Valentine’s Day needs.

1. Play Cupid

With Valentine’s Day this month, shoppers might be struggling to find the right present that symbolizes their love. You can never go wrong with a customized gift made especially for them. This month, shoppers looking to go the extra mile for their loved one will save an average of 40% on items like personalized photo albums, picture frames, wall art and more. You name it, they make it — and just because it’s customized doesn’t mean it will break the bank. Turn to retailers like Shutterfly who is offering a RetailMeNot exclusive for 28% off your regular priced purchase.

2. Ding-Dong Deals

While some might make dinner reservations at the fanciest restaurant in town, many will opt to eat at home. Those who do can take advantage of special promotions and discounts. In fact, diners can save an average of 30% off all month long, so be sure to search the food delivery deals from RetailMeNot. Right now, DoorDash is offering 25% off your first purchase and Postmates is offering $15 delivery credit for existing users.

3. Flower Power

Everything’s coming up roses! According to a recent RetailMeNot survey, 46% of shoppers plan to buy flowers for Valentine’s Day this year, up from 34% in 2019. Many florists will be offering promotions and discounts to help shoppers prepare for the holiday. This year, retailers like 1800Flowers are having up to 40% off flowers & gifts and FTD is offering a RetailMeNot exclusive offer for 20% off sitewide.

4. Get Your Game On

Attention sports fans: Discounts on electronics are not strictly reserved for Black Friday! In fact, February is the second-cheapest time of year to buy a new TV. With the big game right around the corner and March Madness close behind, manufacturers will use those big-time events to highlight big savings on big-screen sets. Another reason for the markdowns is that new models will be released next month, so retailers will be looking to make room for new inventory. Shoppers in the market for a new TV should head to Samsung where they can get 10% cash back with RetailMeNot, and Best Buy where they can find up to 64% off clearance items.

5. Meet Your (Price) Match

Life can easily get in the way of finding “the one,” but online dating sites and convenient mobile apps are here to help. Those looking for love are in luck: Dating sites can offer up to 75% off enrollment fees to encourage singles to put themselves out there. Dating sites like eHarmony are offering 35% off all subscriptions and OkCupid is offering free membership.

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Shutterstock Announced as Official Photographer of the 2020 EE British Academy Film Awards

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Shutterstock Announced as Official Photographer of the 2020 EE British Academy Film Awards (Photo: PR Newswire)

Shutterstock, Inc., a leading global technology company offering a creative platform for high-quality content, tools and services, today announced that it has been renewed as the official photographer of the 2020 EE British Academy Film Awards, which recognizes the very best in film over the past year. As the official photographer of the show on Sunday, February 2nd, Shutterstock’s on-site entertainment photographers, editors and engineering team will deliver exclusive high-quality images from the event at the Royal Albert Hall in London to the world in less than one minute from the image being taken.

Shutterstock’s editorial team captures, edits and distributes celebrity portraits and candid images leveraging proprietary software optimized for speed to market. As the moments from the red carpet, inside the awards show, and at the after-parties are captured, Shutterstock’s team makes lightning-fast crops and edits and transmits them directly to the desks of photo editors, writers and media. This speed-to-market empowers Shutterstock’s editorial customers to keep up with today’s fast news cycle to quickly deliver their news stories.

“We are pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with BAFTA, an arts charity whose purpose of celebrating and supporting the best work and talent in film, games and television is closely aligned with Shutterstock’s,” said Candice Murray, Vice President of Editorial at Shutterstock. “As a company whose passion is rooted in creativity, it is always an honor to be selected to shoot and share these unique moments recognizing the industry’s top creatives from around the world at the BAFTAs.”

“Shutterstock is best equipped to provide the world’s media with high-quality images of our awards ceremonies and year-round program through their advanced creative platform,” said Claire Rees, Photography Director for British Academy of Film and Television Arts. “Our partnership has grown over the years and as Shutterstock’s technology and service continue to evolve, we continue to see greater results in amplifying the mission of BAFTA around the world.”

Shutterstock’s annual partnership with BAFTA, a world-leading independent arts charity, originated in 2013 and includes editorial photography coverage of the Television Craft Awards, Games Awards, Television Awards, Young Game Designers Competition, Scotland Awards, Cymru Awards and Children’s Awards.

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Amazon Profits Surge as Investment in Faster Shipping Pays Off

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Amazon’s massive investment in faster shipping paid off for the tech company over the Christmas holidays with record sales and four times as many customers taking advantage of its free one-day shipping offer over the shopping season compared with last year.

Amazon is spending billions making one-day shipping the default for its Prime members and the gamble helped drive its revenues up over $87bn for the final quarter of 2019, or $29bn a month, compared with $72.4bn in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Profits increased to $3.3bn in the fourth quarter, up from $3bn in the same period last year, after a fall of 25% from July to September due to its costly shipping investments. Amazon’s shares shot up over 10% in after-hours trading.

“We’ve made Prime delivery faster – the number of items delivered to US customers with Prime’s free one-day and same-day delivery more than quadrupled this quarter compared to last year,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO.

Amazon’s bumper Christmas – the best in its history – came as other retailers including Target, Macy’s and JC Penney have reported lower sales.

Amazon Web Services (AWS), its cloud computing business, reported revenues of $9.9bn for the quarter, up 34% from the year-ago period.

Amazon also gave an update on its number of Prime subscribers, who pay an annual fee for faster shipping and access to free content on its streaming media services. Bezos said the company now has over 150 million paid Prime members around the world, up from 100 million last April.

Amazon’s share price has lagged its tech giant peers in recent months as investors have worried about its spending. The latest results push the company back into the exclusive club of tech companies now valued at over $1tn including Apple, Alphabet and Microsoft.

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