Before the Ghost in a Jar
, before the possessed Coke can
, there was the eBay haunted painting. This genuinely creepy painting, titled Hands Resist Him
, appeared for sale on eBay in February 2000, accompanied by claims that it was haunted. Disturbing things happened to those who owned it, and the figures in the painting itself supposedly moved. Even people who simply viewed it online were said to be gripped by terror attacks and fainting spells.
It ended up selling for $1050, and I believe it might have originated the haunted-items-are-worth-more phenomenon on eBay. The BBC has a good description of the auction
that includes pictures and text from the original auction.
Hands Resist Him
was painted by Bill Stoneham
in 1972. On his site Bill notes that "Both the owner of the Gallery where 'Hands' was displayed and the Los Angeles Times art critic who reviewed my show were dead within a year of the show."
Spooky! Bill is also selling prints of the painting.