TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE VIRTUAL ITEMS EVER SOLD


For this list we’re looking at digital items that took paying for your hobby to its very limits and are basing our list on highest sold price and the value it has in-game. Be advised that the prices on this list are all in US dollars, so for those of you outside the states, get your currency converter ready.


  1. Let's just say the only one who outdoes Entropia Universe, IS Entropia Universe. The massive Planet Calypso made the previous records set by the infamous MMO seem like chump change when it was bought from developer MindArk for a devastating 6 million dollars by studio SEE Virtual Worlds. From the alleged 428 million dollars in processed cash on the planet in 2010 alone, the price tag starts to makes sense. Getting weirder, SEE had even planned to add Planet Michael to the game, allowing players to honour Michael Jackson and donate to charities he supported before negotiations forced it into its own game.


  2. You don't make a massive deal like the nest egg without an ego to match. Naming it after himself, Jon NEVERDIE Jacobs bought this asteroid resort for around 100 thousand dollars in 2005, taking out a mortgage on his very real house to do it. Featuring 20 biodomes, 66 shops, 1000 apartments and even teleporters, the taxation revenues from owning the site allegedly allowed Jacobs to recoup his investment in as little as eight months. Its claim to most expensive virtual item was broken by Crystal Palace only to be reclaimed when Jacobs sold the club in segments for a total of 635 thousand dollars.



  3. If you think modern real estate has gotten expensive, go online. One of the many profitable and expansive locations in Entropia Universe, this space station served as a popular destination for those travelling around Planet Calypso. Since the owner could set taxes for players hunting and operating out of the station, it could be quite feasible to make a decent living by running it. That's apparently what user Buzz "Erik" Lightyear was thinking when he purchased the station for over 3 million in in-game currency, converting to over 300 thousand dollars. To infinity and beyond indeed Buzz.


  4. While Entropia Universe has been known for some crazy value with its in-game economy, this egg actually had no intrinsic value when it was sold. Originally appearing in the game as an egg of a creature known as the Atrox Queen, it was eventually discovered by a user as a loot item from a completely different creature. Bought initially by Entropia entrepreneur Jon NEVERDIE Jacobs for about 10 thousand dollars, he in turn sold it to the previously mentioned David Storey for nearly 70 thousand dollars. Revealing the mystery, the egg eventually hatched six years after its discovery into a creature known as a Feffox.


  5. For this big of a price-tag you could move to Amsterdam. A fascinating recreation of the Dutch city, this part of the virtual life sim tried to replicate the real city with a canal and streetcars, while also focusing intensely on one of its seedier aspects. With sex shops and adult clubs filling the city, it was hard to notice the replicas of iconic buildings, especially with constant soliciting for paid-cybersex around the train station and red light district. Needless to say the location remained a constantly popular destination making the fact that it sold for 50 thousand dollars on eBay a lot more believable.


  6. When you're dealing with this many rarities, the value can get a little nuts. This lengthily named animal is more than just an online pet though. Known as a courier in Valve's extremely popular MOBA, the beast transports items for players, making it very useful. Due to a War Dog's power, compounded with the ethereal flame effect and a colour that was allegedly a glitch, this item was as rare as they come. Taking to Reddit, player PAADA sold it online for 38 thousand dollars, which after later patch updates lowering its rarity, is likely the highest it will ever sell.


  7. While many games have simple trading systems and maybe get their own auction house, very few have economy systems as substantial as "Entropia Universe." Due to the game's "Real Cash Economy" system, players could cash their money out at a rate of 10:1 on the US dollar, effectively making the games properties as valuable as actual real estate. One such lot was the massive Treasure Island, which developer MindArk was auctioning off on the merit of its mining and hunting benefits, along with taxation rights for the island. It worked too as player David Storey shelled out over 26 thousand dollars to own it.


  8. A one-of-a-kind item deserves a one-of-a-kind price. While most high-priced virtual items are bought by overly passionate fans of long-established franchises, developer Snail Games managed to auction their pricey digital wares while their game was still in beta. Launching an auction for multiple pieces of in-game equipment on their beta launch day in China, most items only went for a couple thousand dollars, with several copies of each item to go around. But the completely unique Dragon Slaying Sabre would only have one owner, baffling many as it sold for the unbelievable 100,000 Yuan or around 16 thousand dollars.


  9. This mace isn't the only thing echoing fury. When this rare weapon was found it was obvious it was more valuable than just any other trinket. With the highest possible damage for a one-handed weapon and great critical hit damage, the legendary mace quickly became sought after. After the initial owner sold it for a few hundred dollars because he was allegedly in need of rent the value skyrocketed, eventually selling for a whopping bid of 40 billion in-game gold, going for a disputed market value of anywhere between 9 and 14 thousand dollars US, yikes.


  10. Some stories are just too hot to miss. Initially launched as a promotional item with magazine PC Gamer, the cosmetic hat known as the killer exclusive eventually joined the game on a broader scale. As the flaming edition of the mock-journalist hat quickly became one of the rarest items in the game, its value started to soar in the game's marketplace. Through the game's economy it eventually sold in 2014 for 300 Earbuds in-game, for a total value of just under 11 thousand dollars. What's more insane is the item is currently available for purchase online for 12 thousand dollars for anyone wealthy enough to pay.

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