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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Curse of the Mummy

As usual, eBay never stops providing amusing contracts fodder.  In addition to the “Virgin Mary Toast,” discussed infra, the occasional kidney, and people who auction themselves off, here’s a story about a most unusual item (a mummy!) for sale:

Porrett said she told police she obtained the remains from a friend, who works in demolition and who said he found them in a Detroit school he helped demolish nearly 30 years ago.

Sterling told the Times Herald that she was selling the item for a friend, had done research and contacted an attorney before posting the remains on eBay.

"It's an anatomical, medical-use skeleton," she said. "I would never have put it on (eBay) if I thought it was anything other than an anatomical, medical thing."

Company spokeswoman Catherine England said the posting was removed from eBay Wednesday morning because it violated a policy against selling human remains. The Web site allows the sale of skeletons for medical use, but not mummified remains.

Perhaps this story is in keeping with the fact that this is October, and Halloween is fast approaching.  Boo!

[Miriam Cherry]

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