Skeletons of an unknown man and woman will be sold to the highest bidder in Schnecksville today at Tom Hall Auctions.
The skeletons came from a morticians museum in Manhattan, according to the auction house website. They are described as:
- 66-inch male dressed in a tuxedo (appears to be full bodied); he is being sold in a black casket
- 66-inch female skeleton, appears to be full bodied; she is being sold in a wood casket
The creepy collectibles likely date back to the late 1800s or early 1900s and are among the weirdest things sold at the auction house, co-owner Catherine Keys told the Morning Call.
Other items up for auction include 100-year-old stained glass doors from a local church.
It is legal to possess and sell human bones in the United States.
A website called The Bone Room specializes in selling everything from single bones to complete skeletons - either assembled or disarticulated - with many specimens coming from China and India. "Standard" human skeletons cost $4,000 to $5,500 on the website.
For the Schnecksville auction, doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the sale will begin at 10 a.m. The skeletons are scheduled to go on the block some time after 11 a.m.
The auction gallery is located at 4644 Route 309 - six miles north of Allentown.
There are no minimums or reserves on any items in the Sept. 11 auction.