Saddam Hussein’s buns-o-bronze go up for auction
Matt Gratz, Political Fail Blog
Shortly after the US invaded Iraq, as a direct response to the events of 9/11, an army psychological operations unit staged an event in which a bronze statue of the now executed Iraqi leader was toppled by American troops in an attempt to portrait the illusion of military victory. Now you can own a piece of modern day military propaganda history as a reporter who was on the scene is auctioning off Saddam Hussein’s bronze buttocks.
Nigel Ely, a British Special Air Service soldier, saved a two-foot by two-foot replica of Hussein’s derriere while he was working in Iraq as a journalist back in 2003, knowing the item would be a hot collectors item.
“When we arrived in Firdos Square in the heart of Baghdad, the statue had just been toppled and the U.S. Marines had erected a cordon of tanks to guard the square,” Ely told the BBC.
“But I wanted a piece of the statue — and when I mentioned to the marines that I was an old soldier and with the press they told me, ‘No problem, buddy — help yourself’.”
Ely, who had been using the bronze buttocks as a seat for the past 8 years, plans to sell the replica and donate the proceeds to charities who help injured American and British soldiers, as if that’s supposed to bring a level of honor to the seller. The people who really need the help are those who have endured the American and British troops and their bombs for the past decade, but that’s another topic altogether.
The item is expected to go up for auction at Hanson Auctioneers on Oct. 27.