Rope used in execution of Saddam Hussein attracts bids of more than $7m

12 February 2015 / 1 year 8 months ago

The rope used to execute Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein has sparked a bidding war -- with the latest offer topping more than $7 million.

It is part of the noose placed around the neck of the former dictator, reports Daily Mail via Asian Town.

Morbid collectors are reported to be fighting to buy the gristly artefact, which is currently owned by former Iraq national security advisor Dr Mowaffak al-Rubaie.

The doctor, who led Saddam Hussein to his execution, was recently pictured in his home in Iraq with the rope as it hung around the neck of a bust of the former dictator.

After the photographs were circulated online,  numerous people -- including two Kuwaiti businessmen, a rich Israeli family and a religious organisation based in Iran -- expressed interest in buying it.

The highest bid currently stands at $7 million,n - but website Middle East Eye wrote that Dr Al-Rubaie is reportedly asking for more.

Saddam Hussein was hanged after he was found guilty of crimes against humanity by the Iraqi Special Tribunal.

The former President of Iraq wielded power for 23 years before he was deposed during a 2003 invasion by an international coalition which included British and American soldiers.

Photos 1 to 3 show the rope, while the rest of the gallery show other expensive items.

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