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1970s IOM brand sunglasses ignited a bidding war on eBay.

April 18, 2018
By James Massey, What Sells Best News

ONLINE - A pair of Vintage Sunglasses have fetched $20,000 after a spirited bidding war on eBay, which ended on April 8, 2018.


The sunglasses, described by the seller as: Circa 1970s IOM Brand (International Optical Mfg.) $ Solex 14K 1/25 gold filled No. 503 Sunglasses. New with tag, never worn, and made in Hong Kong (with a sticker indicating the lenses were made in Australia).


By auctions end, 18 bidders placed 106 bids, boosting the price from $500 to $20,000 in just 5-days. The eBay item number is: 282911192870


Researching top prices paid for sunglasses, we found the highest-values were linked to celebrities and/or historical events, as shown in the *top-ten below:

1 > $159,000 - Elvis 'Vacation' Sunglasses

2 > $70,200 - Steve McQueen Sunglasses

3 > $62,500 - Michael Jackson Sunglasses

4 > $36,000 - John Lennon Sunglasses

5 > $33,000 - James Bond Sunglasses

6 > $27,000 - Marilyn Monroe Sunglasses

7 > $20,315 - NASA Astronaut Sunglasses

8 > $16,640 - Blues Brothers Sunglasses

9 > $11,875 - Freddie Mercury Sunglasses

10 > $10,000 - Charlie Chaplin Sunglasses

*Top-ten list is meant to be illustrative, not comprehensive. If you know of sales we should consider for the list, please let us know.


The following sites list their best selling sunglasses by sales volume/orders taken. Links open on the associated sites.


See the highest-bid sunglasses by style and/or brand on eBay, by using this search box, and viewing the results below.

| Retro | Men | Women

NIB Oakley Frogskins Sunglasses, Nitrous/24K Iridium - Moto Collection

Time Left: 13h 38m
$88.00 with 16 bids

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Time Left: 3d 19h 43m
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Time Left: 5d 19h 33m
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Costa Del Mar Cut Polarized Sunglasses, Honey Tortoise/Green Mirror 580P

Time Left: 20h 23m
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Lot / Group of (88) Horn Rimmed, Retro, Bold, CatEye True Vintage Sunglasses H27

Time Left: 3d 14h 18m
$51.00 with 13 bids

Costa Del Mar Fantail Polarized Sunglasses, Tiger Shark Ocearch/Blue Mirror 580G

Time Left: 6d 17h 13m
$44.00 with 14 bids

Celine CL 41755 Women's Black Sunglasses Made in Italy

Time Left: 1d 11h 30m
$42.00 with 3 bids

Costa Del Mar Rinconcito Polarized Sunglasses, Matte Black/Gray 580P

Time Left: 2d 19h 15m
$40.00 with 19 bids

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Time Left: 7h 4m
$37.00 with 5 bids

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Time Left: 7h 30m
$35.00 with 1 bids

Vintage Bolle Microedge Cycling Sunglasses - 80s/90s Retro

Time Left: 4h 52m
$32.33 with 7 bids

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Time Left: 1d 19h 2m
$30.00 with 1 bids

Ray Ban Jackie OHH RB 4101 710/T5 Havana Tortoise / Brown Polarized Sunglasses

Time Left: 3d 12h 22m
$27.00 with 10 bids

The Original Teenage Fashion Model Barbie 50th Anniversary 2009 1959 Repro

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$25.00 with 1 bids

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Time Left: 7d 15h 36m
$21.65 with 11 bids

Ray-Ban RB3447 Gold Frame Round shape Classic G-15 lens (Unisex)

Time Left: 4d 18h 53m
$20.50 with 8 bids

Vintage Signed WEISS 3 Shades of Blue Rhinestones Spray Brooch Pin VGC

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$19.99 with 1 bids

29:Gorgeous Shades Of Gold Brown Rhinestone Plus Retro Estate Brooch Lot

Time Left: 3d 22h 17m
$12.99 with 1 bids

Stripped Bangle Acrylic Lucite Sobral Style Natural Shades Chunky

Time Left: 1d 12h 9m
$12.16 with 1 bids

Smith® LOWDOWN Sunglasses, Frame, Black 1ES POLARIZED 55mm

Time Left: 17h 49m
$11.50 with 3 bids

Large Vintage Style Hand Crochet Granny Blanket/Throw Blue Shades

Time Left: 2d 14h 34m
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VINTAGE PINK Crackle Looking Cat Eye SUNGLASSES 50s Retro

Time Left: 21h 2m
$11.10 with 4 bids

Our Generation Retro PEGGY Poodle Skirt Purse Skirt Shoes Sunglasses

Time Left: 17h 37m
$7.99 with 1 bids

Polarized Cycling Glasses MTB Sports Outdoor Goggles Baseball Running Sunglasses

Time Left: 1d 34m
$7.50 with 8 bids

Men Sport Polarized Sunglasses Outdoor Driving Fishing Blue Lens Glasses New

Time Left: 3d 10h 2m
$6.50 with 14 bids

Tommy Hilfiger Sunglasses Clara Frame Black Gradient Lens 53-18-143

Time Left: 1d 15h 28m
$5.99 with 1 bids

Mens Sunglasses Polarized WF Black Gloss Square Original Retro Style Generic 53

Time Left: 7d 18h 17m
$5.50 with 9 bids

Men Women Polarized Sport Sunglasses Green Lens Driving Cycling Goggles New

Time Left: 2d 20h 27m
$4.31 with 10 bids

Vintage Square Metal Sunglasses Men Women Retro soleil UV400 Sunglasses

Time Left: 7d 23h 51m
$3.25 with 5 bids

Retro Vintage Men Women Popular Fishing Leisure Round Metal SunGlasses UV400

Time Left: 1d 21h 5m
$3.01 with 7 bids

Sport Polarized Square Sunglasses For Men Driving Fishing Blue Lens Glasses New

Time Left: 1d 8h 23m
$2.25 with 9 bids

VEITHDIA Aluminum HD Polarized Photochromic Men Sunglasses Sport Driving Glasses

Time Left: 3d 19h 20m
$2.25 with 3 bids

Men Polarized Sport Sunglasses UV400 Outdoor Driving Cycling Fishing Glasses Hot

Time Left: 6d 9h 53m
$2.25 with 5 bids

Cat Eye Sunglasses Triangle Sunglasses UV400 Eyewear

Time Left: 3d 6h 36m
$1.25 with 5 bids

UV Sunglasses Men Driving Sun Glasses Vintage Retro Mirror Goggle Eyewear

Time Left: 7d 23h 59m
$1.25 with 3 bids

​Ladies Cat Ear Sunglasses Frameless Jelly Transparent Sunglasses Retro All-in-o

Time Left: 1d 47m
$1.04 with 2 bids

Polarized Sunglasses UV400 Retro Polarized Men Women Classic Sunglasses

Time Left: 7d 23h 45m
$1.04 with 2 bids

Mens Classy Elegant Retro Style Clear Lens EYE GLASSES JAMES BOND CRYSTAL BLUE

Time Left: 20h 13m
$0.99 with 1 bids

UV Sunglasses Men Driving Sun Glasses Vintage Retro Mirror Goggle Eyewear

Time Left: 7d 23h 59m
$0.99 with 1 bids

Sport Polarized Sunglasses For Men Women Black Lens Driving Cycling Goggles New

Time Left: 3d 22h 14m
$0.12 with 2 bids

Costa Del Mar Caballito Polarized Sunglasses, Tiger Shark/Blue Mirror 580G

Time Left: 6d 19h 23m
$0.01 with 1 bids

Costa Del Mar Cat Cay Polarized Sunglasses, Blackout/Green Mirror 580P

Time Left: 6d 20h 23m
$0.01 with 1 bids