The Memphis Kings of eBay

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How do you measure fame? That’s easy — by the number of items a celebrity has listed on eBay. So we did a quick scan of the online auction and made some surprising discoveries.

There's only one item for sale for man-about-town David Gest, a September 2006 Daily Mail article about his ill-fated marriage to Liza Minelli. We’ll pass on that. Next was our hometown movie star, Cybill Shepherd, with precisely 52 listings, including an autographed photo posing in just bra and panties, seemingly a bargain at $24.00, but last time we checked, no bids. The next biggest star was Pau Gasol, with 69 items up for grabs, the most expensive being a Nike Jersey (size XL) for $54.98.

Okay, now we come to the real stars in Memphis. Fans of action movie hero Steven Seagal have posted more than 382 items on eBay, some of them rather surprising. The most expensive item is a Kershaw-brand pocket knife, with Seagal’s signature engraved on the blade. It’s yours for $75. Don’t cut yourself with it!

And then — drum roll, please — we come to the biggest star in town, a humble hillbilly fellow by the name of Jerry Lee Lewis, who tops the list of living celebrities with more than 494 items. Some of the stuff is genuinely cool, such as this 1965 poster for “Jerry Lee Lewis and His Band.” The starting bid is $500.

Even so, all these people combined have quite a ways to go to catch up with the real king — not only the King of Rock-and-Roll but the King of eBay. Elvis Presley tops the list with more than 11,649 items.

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