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eBay won’t let this man sell a lamp made from his severed leg
But Leo Bonten is not the type to take things sitting down.
When Leo Bonten had to have his leg amputated due to a bacterial infection resulting from a broken bone, he did what any of us would have—asked the hospital to let him keep it so he could turn it into a floor lamp. After some tricky negotiations, they consented.
— Hans Tenk (@HansTenk) August 30, 2014
Seeking to ameliorate his financial distress, Bonten then put the curiosity—lovingly designed by forensic pathologist William Schaper Kotter—up for sale on eBay. The asking price? A cool €100,000 (about $128,000). “I would rather keep him, but I need the money,” Bonten told the Dutch media.
Trouble is, eBay doesn’t want you selling human remains or body parts. Here’s the official policy:
We don’t allow humans, the human body, or any human body parts or products to be listed on eBay, with two exceptions. Sellers can list items containing human scalp hair, and skulls and skeletons intended for medical use.
The post was accordingly deleted, though we’re sure Bonten will have more success in the untamed wilds of Craigslist.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'