Antiques Roadshow, Cheney Edition
Anyone with a serious S&M fetish will appreciate the auction, announced Monday, of a collection of 252 torture devices from the 16th and 17th centuries. Some of the proceeds of the sale will go to charities such as Amnesty International, which campaign to end torture.
“It’s almost what’s your pleasure, what part of the body would you like to hurt,” Arlan Ettinger, president of Guernsey’s Auctions in New York, told Reuters. “As brutal as these things are, it’s history and if these items get dispersed that would be gone.”
Among the items on the auction block:
[A]n arm clamp with spikes, a chair with spikes, heavy iron masks, and a metal mitten that could be made red hot in a fire and then put on someone’s hand.
The collection was purchased by a Norwegian Holocaust survivor living in the United States in the 1950s and is now being sold by heirs.
And who knows, auction attendees might just run into certain former senior Bush administration officials.