Update: Bidding canceled. Nice to hear that people called in and complained. Seemed like a no-brainer.

Yes, you heard that right. Tom Taylor with Estate Auction Company had this to say:

It’s really one of the neatest things I’ve ever seen. This person may have given their life for their country. It’s something of honor and historical significance.

Yes, it is, but do you really believe that auctioning it off is the best way to pay tribute to that sacrifice? As of Sunday the highest bid is $275.

10 comments add yours

  1. The E-Bay market for artifacts had already endangered every Civil War grave in the nation. Now get ready for a whole lot more grave robbing if this ghoul makes his money.

  2. Selling a skull is a no brainer. Listen to yourself, Kevin. And if it was a deliberate pun, I weep for you.

    • I completely missed that. It’s been a long day. Sorry if I offended anyone.

  3. I didn’t think it was deliberate, I’m just having a cheap laugh. Full disclosure: I once argued for showing the Ric Burns PBS documentary on the Donner Party by saying it was “tastefully done.”

  4. This issue has received universal and rightful condemnation across the whole political spectrum of the civil war online community. May be other families and private collectors with such material may consider turning it over to the NOS -given that body parts of foreigner, criminals, the insane were often seen as curios

    • That would be ideal, but the only reason this situation turned out the way it did was because of the intense media coverage. The mighty dollar will prevail.

      • sorry meant to type NPS – and note that this callousness about body parts as ornaments and collectables was acceptable until recently. Intense publicity and digital communication spreading the story quickly and widely forced the withdrawal of the sale . Your blog helped get the story out beyond the reenactors. Ethics jammed the market place

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