While I embrace the weird and wonderful, there are some things that still raise an eyebrow. “Like what?” I hear you say. Well, I’m glad you asked. I can give you three great examples:

 

  1. Starting with the scariest item by far – this 19th century wax head doll is the stuff of nightmares. I don’t know whether it’s the black, empty eye sockets or the tiny shrunken hands – or, for that fact, the disproportionately large elephantiasis legs – but I am freaking out about this doll. Maybe this is because I am superficial. Maybe it’s because this dolly probably comes alive at night and stares into your soul. I’ll let you decide.

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    How many horror films feature dolls like this?
  2. If you don’t want a taxidermy ostrich foot on a wooden plinth, you are super weird. Why wouldn’t you want this on your coffee table? Can’t you imagine the covetous look in your friends’ eyes when they behold such an objet du desiré? The ostrich is the only bird that has two toes on each foot. If you think your home is complete without this thing, I think you’re just burying your head in the sand…

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    Crusty bird foot
  3. I’ve saved the best for last with this ‘erotic group‘, which is for sale (catalogue only auction) in Barcelona with an opening price of €450. Now, I genuinely don’t know what is happening here, in this scene, and I’ve watched Louis Theroux’s ‘weird weekends’. I know there’s an extremely flexible woman in the middle there, but what is that thing the guy on the left has slung over his shoulder (answers on a postcard)? The more you look at this thing, the more weird stuff you see. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

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    This level of multitasking is beyond me

I can tell this is going to become a series, and my favourite weekly post to write (and research). If you spot any WTF items at auction, send me a picture and I’ll feature them. And if you know what’s going on in that orgy, you can tell me that too – unless you are a relation of mine! In that case, please don’t tell me. I don’t want to know how you know.

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