Toilet Owned by J.D. Salinger on eBay – Any Bidders?


Memorabilia owned by celebrities and notable personalities is all over eBay, but one item in particular recently caught the Professor’s eye: a toilet – being sold in unwashed condition – that belonged to J.D. Salinger. If you can meet the mind-boggling asking price of $1,000,000, it could be yours. The toilet dates from 1962, and you can tell just by looking at it how old it is – check out the size of that tank!

salinger toilet

This commode dates from a time when toilets used 10 gallons of water per flush (gpf) or more. Today’s high-efficiency toilets by comparison use as little as 1.28 gpf, and they are much more streamlined and attractive to boot.

Overall the Professor finds the idea of owning a used toilet that belonged to a deceased celebrity a little unsettling, notwithstanding the urge to use “Plunger in the Rye” as the headline for this post. It is hoped that whomever wins the auction will “enjoy” the piece as memorabilia and won’t try to hook this water-guzzler up to the household plumbing.

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