The Perfect Wall Hanging

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Obviously, we don't get out enough. We had no idea this item was up for auction. Furthermore, we never even knew such an item existed at all. (And we were much happier when we didn't.) An auction house in California has just completed the sale of a rather unusual item – at a lower than projected price. Why it's a real bargain. Where else could you get a mummified walrus penis bone for $8,000?

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) — A fossilized penis bone from an extinct walrus isn't the usual kind of artifact to hang above the mantel.

Maybe that's why it sold at auction for $8,000, far below the expected price.

The 4½-foot-long item, covered with weathered skin and dry muscle tissue, was sold to the company that runs the Ripley's Believe It or Not museums, said Josh Chait, director of operations for the I.M. Chait Gallery, his family's auction house…..

…..The fossilized baculum, or penis bone, is from a species of walrus that went extinct 12,000 years ago. It was found preserved in permafrost in northern Siberia.

The auction house said it was believed to be the largest known mammal penis fossil.

I dunno if fossilized is the right word or if it is mummified – both terms are used in the story.

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