Amazing and weird taxidermy auction

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23 Responses to “Amazing and weird taxidermy auction”

  1. Rob Cruickshank says:

    Infinite unicorn chaser recursion!

  2. BallyHooligan says:

    I wish I could have made it to this auction.. I really want the conjoined twin lambs. I collect freak animals, both taxidermy and wet specimens. Some of my collection can be seen here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/batcountrybooks/sets/72157606919181425/

  3. InsertFingerHere says:

    I know they don’t really exist, but seeing that stuffed Unicorn, … just for a moment… I thought “how wonderful”.

    Then I snapped back to the reality of a dead horse with a spike in it’s skull, laying on my floor…

  4. Anonymous says:

    I was at the auction (and was interviewed by NBC). I have masses of clips of the place the weekend it closed on YouTube as I was the last member of the public to ever leave. I bought a couple of the torture items, but things went for silly prices. I was standing next to the man that bought the Elephant Boy. He paid £1900 for it and is going to use it as a curio at traction fairs he attends. It is, of course, 100% fake and anyone seeing it close up would know so immediately. However, the mummified hand and foot they sold were real (though the shrunken head – which reached £2400 – is probably a fake too).

  5. Dorkomatic says:

    Oh no. It was such a great museum! I’m saddened to hear that it’s closed.

  6. i_prefer_yeti says:

    Great balls of Jupiter. Look at this find!

    Victorian Cat with Parasol!

    http://www.dukes-auctions.com/Catalogues/pf130410/lot0381-0.jpg

    • alexdecampi says:

      Awww! Reminds me of Binks, the top hat wearing, cigar smoking stuffed cat in Bates Hatters on Jermyn Street.

  7. Terry says:

    Umm… what is that Yeti holding in its hand?

  8. SpacelordMother says:

    This reminds me of some hometown artist’s that are wicked good at Taxidermy.

    http://www.roguetaxidermy.com/

  9. tgjer says:

    Most of this seems really cool.

    But… “a velvet coffin with the body of a 16-year-old Congolese boy (complete with an elephant’s head stitched to his corpse)” – WTF?

    I know it’s Victorian and very old. I know things were different then (e.g., Congolese teenagers could be stuffed and mounted like a dead goat). I know he’s dead and his family’s dead and anyone who would have known or cared about him is probably dead.

    But to keep selling his poor mutilated corpse from hand to hand as a decorative element for the rich eccentric’s living room just seems disturbing.

    • querent says:

      That it’s less disturbing when done with non-human animals is understandable but illogical.

      the most controversial implications of darwin’s big theory (that we (humans) are not “different” on some fundamental level) hasn’t really sunk in for humanity yet.

      cool looking, necromantic stuff though.

      • dculberson says:

        I think it’s an interesting sociological situation, though. If that was a white person’s corpse, would it still be in circulation? If it was a person with living western relatives, don’t you think they would have sued and stopped its sale? I thought it was illegal to trade in human remains. [hence why people are "organ donors" and their organs are not sold in an open market after death] So why does this little guy get a pass?

        Please note that I’m not picking on you with the questions, I actually agree with your position, they’re just interesting issues to me.

        • querent says:

          I’m definitely in agreement. If it was a white child, they never would have gotten away with it, even in the victorian era.

          It’s the slowly expanding definition of “self.” back then, africans were often thought of as “just” animals. now all non-human animals are thought of as “just” animals.

  10. Anonymous says:

    The horse reminds me of a museum in Oslo where after walking through a hall of odd shaped hung lamps we found ourselves in what looked like a spaceship with beautiful blue carpeting and a taxidermied horse/unicorn splayed out on the floor. Fascinating!

  11. muteboy says:

    I visited the (then) Brading Waxwork Museum as a child – it creeped the living balls out of me. Sorry it’s closed though. It made me what I am hahhahahahahahahahahhahahahaa

  12. dculberson says:

    Actually, looking at the picture, I believe it to be a fake. That would make sense, having been a fairground “act,” and would be why it’s legal to sell and own.

    http://www.dukes-auctions.com/Catalogues/pf130410/lot0340-0.jpg

  13. Anonymous says:

    I was at the sale and can safely tell you that the elephant boy is a fake and not a real boy at all, also that it went to a very pleasant normal young man (he was in front of me in the queue paying) and not some “rich eccentric”. There was a great assortment of English eccentrics at the sale, of all ages and social classes and with every hair colour imaginable, alongside museum curators, rich collectors etc. There were a lot of tattooed goths, they seem to like taxidermy particularly small rodenty things. And no I am not telling you what I bought, to add to my existing collection.

  14. marthasadie says:

    Here is my flickrset of all these amazing/crazy exhibits in situ: http://bit.ly/3nPtpy

    Having grown up on the island and been taken here on school trips (I know, NOT appropriate), this was a strangely formative experience for me, and I’m genuinely gutted that the place has closed.

    • muteboy says:

      Fantastic set. I remember the warning sign – what was it warning about, just the Chamber of Horrors?

      • marthasadie says:

        I think the sign was by the room with the coffin and organ playing skeleton, though it pretty much stands for the whole place, I’d say.

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