Baubles Filled With Cremated Human Remains Are On Sale This Christmas
Ever fancied having the ashes of a dead person dangling from a branch of your Christmas tree? No? Well, we're here to change your mind, because baubles filled with cremated human remains are on sale this holiday season.
Famous sideshow performer and magician Eric Ross, who collects oddities from around the world, came up with the idea for the macabre decorations.
Speaking about the origins of his idea, 31-year-old Eric, from Grand Rapids, Michigan, said: "I bought a storage unit in Philadelphia and it had an urn filled with human ashes in it.
"The ashes come from a woman named Cynthia Hall.
"That's all I know about her, just her name.
"I used to keep her ashes in little vials, but as the holiday season started approaching I thought it would be cool to put some of it into Christmas tree baubles."
The bizarre items come from Eric's vast personal collection of morbid curiosities, which he's been amassing for the last five years.
Eric added: "I am downsizing my personal collection by selling some of the pieces online now. I've sold quite a few times already."
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The baubles cost $20 (£15) for 20ml and $40 (£30) for 40ml.
Let's face it, rather than splashing out $20 you could make them yourself (if you've got someone's ashes to hand, that is).
Get yourself 16 fillable glass baubles for a fiver, sprinkle *insert deceased person's name* inside and seal it back up. There we have it - you've got a bauble of someone you actually know on your tree.
Eric is also selling a toe-curling book 'bound with real human flesh' for $2,000 (£1,500), if you're in the market for such an item.
He said: "Most of the items are made from retired medical specimens. Everything is legally and ethically sourced.
"Often medical professionals will make a collection and when they die the whole lot gets sold off in an estate sale, or from storage units.
"There are weird little communities online made up of people who like to buy this stuff, so we share information about where to buy things."
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