Top-5 Extreme merchandising

News of Sachin Tendulkar's 'blood edition', limited run autobiography has got to us thinking about the most extreme merchandise that's made it to market in recent years. Starting with the great Indian batsman's tome, we present an Esquire Top-5...

1. Ten limited “blood edition” copies of Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography have already been snapped up at £49,000-a-pop. Those lucky buyers will enjoy unpublished family pictures, Tendulkar’s thoughts about his career, oh, and a signature page pulped with his own blood.

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2. American pin-up and master of sarcasm Vincent Gallo offered a lucky lady to chance to become the proud owner of some of his sperm. At $1,000,000 it was a steal, though the buyer did have to meet his criteria – the advert was suitably vague about how the product would be transferred.

3. German industrial rockers Rammstein put together the ultimate package to ensure those listening to new album Liebe ist fur Alle da realised maximum sensory pleasure. The exclusive set came complete with furry handcuffs, lube, and six pink dildos supposedly modeled on each member of the band’s, well, member.

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4. If there were ever a piece of fan memorabilia to die for it was a Kiss-branded coffin. Surely, there is no classier, more sombre way, of saying farewell to this cruel world than in a casket covered in Gene Simmons’ tongue.

5. To finance their most recent album Content the post-punk band Gang Of Four sold vials of their own blood. For fear of having to give away too much of the good stuff, the gift-set was topped off with a scratch ‘n’ sniff book. Win. Hugh Morris