No…not that rotting old thing floating around the ocean (we think), but the ass belonging to that horrid statue, the one we all saw our soldiers pull down.
Well actually, we lie..only HALF of his ass is for sale.
The strange souvenir was taken during the U.S.-led raid on Baghdad’s al-Fardous Square in April 2003.
Now, the odd prize will be auctioned Oct. 27 at Hansons Auctioneers in Derby, England.
Nigel Ely, an ex-Special Air Service soldier working with a TV crew in Baghdad at the time, told BBC News he used a crowbar and sledgehammer to remove the buttock from the Iraqi dictator’s giant statue.
Ely paid 385 pounds (roughly $616 CDN) in excess cargo fees to fly the odd memento back to the U.K.
“I only wanted a piece big enough to put in my pocket, but I ended up with a chunk about 2 feet square,” he said. “I thought, ‘What the hell am I going to do with this?’
“I threw it in the back of my truck and forgot about it until we tried to re-enter Kuwait, where the Kuwaiti army arrested us and searched us for plunder. The journalists with me had all their souvenirs confiscated, but when I said the buttock was vehicle armour to protect us from bullets and bombs they left it alone.”
The proceeds from the sale will go to a charity benefitting injured British and American veterans.
Auctioneer Charles Hanson told the Agence France-Presse he expects the buttock to be sold for at least $15,000 U.S. ($15,250 CDN).
“It should appeal to military and art collectors alike, not to mention anyone who has an interest in the major events that have helped shape the world we live in,” he said.