Saddam's bronze butt up for sale

2011-10-12 22:48

London - A bronze buttock from the statue of late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein toppled in Baghdad after the US-led invasion in 2003, is to be auctioned in Britain, an auction house said on Tuesday.

A former soldier from Britain's elite SAS regiment retrieved the 0.6m-wide piece of history and took it back to Britain shortly after US marines dragged the statue down on live television.

Nigel "Spud" Ely, now 52, was working with media covering the fall of Baghdad at the time. He said the marines gave him permission to remove the buttock using a hammer and a crowbar.

"The US marines had erected a cordon of tanks to guard the square. 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 said.

"I only wanted a piece big enough to put in my pocket, but I ended up with a chunk about two foot square.


"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 ex-serviceman was allowed to keep it after saying it was armour for a truck, but had to pay a $606 excess baggage charge to fly his unique souvenir back to Britain.

Ely recently set up his own company to promote "war relic art", but has handed the sale of the memento over to Hansons Auctioneers, based in Derby, central England.

Auctioneer Charles Hanson called the bronze body part a "piece of modern history" and said he expects it to be sold for at least £10 000 when it goes under the hammer on October 27.

"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.

  • rumsour - 2011-10-12 23:27

    Butt of the joke

  • johnwilliam.roberts - 2011-10-13 06:40

    they would get nothing for malemas butt

      Matt :-) - 2011-10-13 08:47

      Saddam's bronze butt up for sale, Malema's "bronze" butt off to jail!

  • ChrisKhoza - 2011-10-13 07:18

    The Iraqis built that statue and some British is going to auction it for his own benefit. Isn't that theft? Oh and by the way has they discover WMD as yet?

      daaivark - 2011-10-13 07:34

      Are you suggesting that Saddams ar*e is a national treasure? Do you really think some freak will actually buy the thing? The WMD are alive and well and living in SA. We call them politicians.

      Libertador - 2011-10-13 08:02

      That's nothing new, British museums are full of Egyptian and African artefacts stolen from those countries.

      daaivark - 2011-10-13 08:04

      But let's get some perspective here, Libertador. Isn't it just hysterical that a fragment of a bronze backside from the statue of a rather nasty person is actually expected to have financial value. Our materialistic society is absurdity personified.

      RACINGCAT - 2011-10-13 08:35

      WELL sombody actually paid money for the malema puppet.....

      Keevus - 2011-10-13 09:26

      is nt that piece of bronze the mineral wealth of the iraqis.Some idiot will buy for sure but,valuable???naaaah

      geeghey - 2011-10-13 11:08

      @ Libertador- i think that you should put in a bid for the bronze butt. that way every morning when you wake up you can kiss your hero saddam's ass!

  • preshen govender - 2011-10-13 07:36

    Buns of steal

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