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eBay Unveils the Most Interesting and Expensive Purchases of 2019




eBay Unveils the Most Interesting and Expensive Purchases of 2019
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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.


Ackman’s Hot Streak Continues, Dumps Berkshire, Says ‘We Can Be More Nimble’




Ackman’s Hot Streak Continues, Dumps Berkshire, Says ‘We Can Be More Nimble’

Bill Ackman’s hot streak continues. This comes after he announced that his Pershing Square hedge fund has returned an average of 25% this year. It also trounces the average hedge fund return of -7%. Additionally, this reveals that it sold its $1 billion stake in Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. The fund first invested in Berkshire less than a year ago and only weeks took a larger stake in the conglomerate.

Completely exiting the Berkshire position surprised many on Wall Street, as Ackman has long admired Buffett as a mentor. He recently said that Buffett had built Berkshire “to withstand a global economic shock like this one.”

It appears that Ackman, like many, may have felt frustrated by the lack of activity from Berkshire during the recent market downswing. Berkshire’s cash balance has ballooned to $137 billion. Many, including Ackman, had likely expected a portion of that cash to be used to scoop up bargains during the late-February selloff. The said selloff took markets down nearly 30%.

Instead, Berkshire stood pat, and that appears to have been enough for Ackman to pull the plug on his investment. While discussing the exit, Ackman said that due to Pershing’s smaller size compared to Berkshire, “we can be much more nimble… and so our view was generally we should take advantage of that nimbleness, preserve some extra liquidity in the event that prices get more attractive again.”

Pershing Square’s success over the last two years had thrust Ackman back into the spotlight. This, perhaps, turned the chapter on a period where he became more famous for his misses than his home runs.

He was invested in Valeant Pharmaceuticals as it collapsed. He also famously squabbled on live TV with fellow billionaire Carl Icahn over Herbalife. Then, he gave a nearly 3-hour-long presentation explaining why he thought the company runs as a pyramid scheme. He finally exited his $1 billion short position at a loss.

Ackman’s current hot streak started last year, when Pershing Square returned 58.1%. This is its best annual return since the hedge fund was founded in 2004. After years of letting others make the firm’s investment decisions, Ackman took back the reins in 2018 with a back-to-basics strategy he learned from Buffett.

He returned the fund to a strategy that invests in simple, predictable, cash flow positive companies. He said, “It’s very hard to lose money by buying great businesses if you pay a fair price. For a while there, we forgot that our main job was to make money, so we woke up, and now we’re back in the money making business.”

Making money is exactly what Ackman did earlier this year. He did so with “the single best trade of all-time,” as what many calls it. He correctly predicted that the coronavirus would wreak havoc on our economy. Because of this, Ackman made a $27 million bet that netted his firm a $2.6 billion profit in less than two months as the markets crashed.

Now, his war chest is full again. It appears that Ackman is ready to buy should asset prices come down again.

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4 Ways To Lower Your Mortgage Payments




4 Ways To Lower Your Mortgage Payments

The number of Americans who have lost their job due to the coronavirus pandemic standing at more than 40 million. With this, many are struggling to pay their mortgage bills each month.

For nearly every one of us, housing is the single largest monthly expense. And unlike kicking a Starbucks habit to save a few dollars every month, your mortgage payment can’t be trimmed out of a budget.

Fortunately, you have some options available to help lower your monthly mortgage payment.

Refinance Your Loan

The Federal Reserve lowered rates back down to zero in late March in response to the coronavirus pandemic. With this, mortgage rates hit new record lows in early May. is advertising 30-year fixed-rate mortgages as low as 3.5% and 15-year fixed-rate mortgages as low as 2.89%.

The benefit of refinancing at a lower rate is two-fold. The main benefit is with a lower rate on your mortgage, your monthly payment will go down, making it more affordable. The secondary benefit is that with a lower rate, you’ll pay less interest over the life of the loan. This potentially lets you save tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

You’ll incur some costs to refinance your loan. So, make sure that your monthly savings are large enough to justify the expense. Additionally, if you’ve had your existing mortgage for a number of years, you’ll be resetting your mortgage amortization back to 15 or 30 years. So if you’ve been paying on your 30-year mortgage for 8 years, instead of having 22 years left, you’ll reset back to 30 years (or down to 15 years if you take a shorter term).

Put Your Stimulus Check or Tax Refund Towards Your Loan

If you still have the $1200 of stimulus funds available, or are collecting a tax refund this year, consider using them towards your monthly mortgage payment. It may only cover a portion of your mortgage or maybe just a month or two. However, using this money instead of dipping into your savings or retirement account is preferable. There are discussions ongoing about a potential second stimulus check, but that may not be until later this summer.

Talk To Your Lender About Mortgage Forbearance

If you don’t have the financial ability to continue paying your mortgage, ask your lender about mortgage forbearance. If granted, this will allow you to skip a few months of payments without becoming delinquent or falling behind on your loan. Before you agree to a forbearance plan, make sure your lender explicitly lays out how you are expected to make up the skipped payments. Some may demand a lump-sum payment for the amount you skipped once your forbearance plan ends. Others may tack the amount onto the end of your loan term. Be sure you know exactly what the lender will do once you enter the forbearance agreement.

Find Out If A Mortgage Modification Is Available

If you find yourself falling behind on your mortgage payments and are facing default, your lender may be able to offer you a mortgage modification. A modification changes the terms of the original loan, such as lowering the interest rate, extending the term, or even reducing the principal balance. Typically, a modification is only allowed when the loan is in default. Therefore, if you are making timely payments and are current on your loan, this likely won’t be an option for you. But if you are having financial difficulties, your lender may be able to modify the loan and prevent you from going into foreclosure.

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USDA to Provide $1B in Loan Guarantees for Rural Businesses and AG Producers




USDA to provide $1B in loan guarantees for rural businesses and ag producers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced that the department is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans may receive funding under USDA Business & Industry (B&I) CARES Act Program provisions included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“Under the leadership of President Trump, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural businesses and agricultural producers and being a strong supporter of all aspects of the rural economy,” Perdue said. “Ensuring more rural agricultural producers are able to gain access to much-needed capital in these unprecedented times is a cornerstone of that commitment.”

In addition to expanding eligibility to certain agricultural producers, the changes Perdue announced allows the USDA to:

— Provide 90 percent guarantees on B&I CARES Act Program loans;

— Set the application and guarantee fee at 2 percent of the loan;

— Accept appraisals completed within two years of the loan application date;

— Not require discounting of collateral for working capital loans, and

— Extend the maximum term for working capital loans to 10 years.

B&I CARES Act Program loans must be used as working capital to prevent, prepare for or respond to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The loans may be used only to support rural businesses, including agricultural producers, that were in operation on Feb. 15, 2020.

USDA intends to consider applications in the order they are received. However, the department may assign priority points to projects if the demand for funds exceeds availability.

USDA announced the expanded B&I CARES Act Program authorities in a notice published in the May 21 Federal Register (PDF, 217 KB). Program funding expires Sept. 30, 2021.

Eligible applicants may contact their local USDA Rural Development State Office in the state where the project is located.

USDA is developing application guides for lenders and borrowers on the B&I CARES Act Program. The agency also will host a webinar to provide an overview of program requirements.

To register for the webinar to be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, visit:

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit:

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