Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/11/01/saddams_leg/

German flogs Saddam's left leg on web

Remnant of dictator yours for €3k+

By Lester Haines

Posted in Financial News, 1st November 2004 15:15 GMT

Saddam's left legPunters eager for a piece of Gulf War II memorabilia - albeit a rather large piece - should mosey on down to German auction site azubo.de where they can snap up Saddam Hussein's left leg for offers currently in excess of €3,400.

Of course, it's not really Saddam's leg - he'll be needing both of those when he finally stands trial for making a thorough nuisance of himself for the last 30 years or so. Nope - this leg is is the leg formerly known as the limb attached to the famous Saddam statue as heroically toppled by US forces and then beaten senseless by shoe-wielding Iraqis.

According to the site's English blurb:

The left of these two legs is now for auction.

Following the revolution of the statue, the entire place, including the legs, was cleaned by English soldier. Subsequently, the legs were token by the Englishmen. The legs were offered by different contacts to me for the resale.

After positive examination of authenticity, made by the help of a lot of photo such as video photographs, I will offer one of these legendary legs.

Hmmm. We had a sneaking suspicion that the Brits were involved in there somewhere. UK citizens will know what we mean - you leave an enormous metal leg of a toppled dictator outside your front gate for two minutes, and someone's swiped the bloody thing. Then, before you know it, it's turned up in Germany mounted on a plinth.

So, now we know how 10 per cent or so of hopalong Hussein ended up in Europe, just two questions remain: where is Saddam's right foot (also detached at the toppling ceremony, we believe) and does anyone know the whereabouts of the rest of the poor chap? ®

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