Again in 2007, an unique Bob Barker microphone was put up on the market on eBay, simply earlier than he retired from internet hosting the sport present. The winner took not solely an unique corded microphone, which appeared on-screen, but additionally a hand-written letter by Barker confirming its authenticity.
The public sale closed with a ultimate sale worth of $19,919.08, with bidder Dave Ryan — a morning present host for KDWB-FM 101.3 within the Twin Cities — putting the profitable bid.
“I like superstar memorabilia like that, and I believe that it is a basic one,” Ryan instructed TwinCities Pioneer Press on the time. Nonetheless, not everybody was so impressed together with his $20k spend. Based on Ryan, listening to the information set his spouse “screaming with shock and dismay.”
Proceeds from the public sale went to United Activists for Animal Rights, one of many charities that Barker supported throughout his lifetime. Outspoken about animal cruelty, Barker donated to a number of charities and even has a Sea Shepherd Conservation Society boat named after him.