Results of
Auction of Horrors IV : Sunday 6th April 2014

Our forth Auction of Horrors... another great auction selling the weird and macabre.

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£20

Sparrowhawk on Stump
wall mounting

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£40

Wasp Boy's Nipple Bells
these are the very bells that Wasp Boy swung from his nipples on many an evening in the Circus of Horrors and elsewhere, including the Graham Norton Show - see the video clip of them in action, as it were!... don't try this at home kids!

Wasp Boy will be at the Auction of Horrors to personally authenticate, pose for a photo and sign the bells if the lucky buyer so wishes.

274

£10

Pair of Decorative Swords

275

£25

WWII Police Helmet

276

£10

Sideshow Magnets

277

£10

Rare Kamikaze Freakshow Poster & Flyers

278

£5

Early Circus of Horrors Poster

279

£22

Preserved Animal Heart Slice in Glazed Frame
this is a real animal heart, the same size and shape as a human heart. Preserved using the same technique as Gunter Von Hagen.

282

£15

Unusual Gothic Brass Oil Lamp / Burner

283

£40

Preserved Animal Heart on Stand
this is a real animal heart, the same size and shape as a human heart. Preserved using the same technique as Gunter Von Hagen. Makes a superb scary exhibit.

284

£46

Preserved Animal Heart on Stand
this is a real animal heart, the same size and shape as a human heart. Preserved using the same technique as Gunter Von Hagen. Makes a superb scary exhibit.

289

£75

Large Iron Sign Hanging Bracket
suitable for enamel signs, pub signs etc.

290

£260

Waxwork of Paul McCartney
complete with real bass guitar. A real horror?!

291

£10

Very Rare 4-Sheet Poster for Circus of Horrors Roundhouse Appearance
very few of these large posters were printed, and hardly any survive. This one is in mint condition! - don't miss this chance to add to your collection as you probably will not get another chance.

292

£12

Very Rare 4-Sheet Poster for Circus of Horrors Curse of the Devil Doll Tour
very few of these large posters were printed for the 2012-13 tour. This one is in mint condition!

294

£65

The Elephant Man - Joseph Merrick
incredible lifesize model of Joseph Merrick, often called John Merrick, 'The Elephant Man' - probably the most famous sideshow personality that ever lived.

Joseph Carey Merrick (5 August 1862 - 11 April 1890), was an English man with severe deformities who was exhibited as a human curiosity named The Elephant Man. He became well known in London society after he went to live at the London Hospital. Merrick was born in Leicester, and began to develop abnormally during the first few years of his life. His skin appeared thick and lumpy, he developed an enlargement of his lips, and a bony lump grew on his forehead. One of his arms and both feet became enlarged and at some point during his childhood he fell and damaged his hip, resulting in permanent lameness. When he was 11, his mother died and his father soon remarried. Merrick left school at 13, and had difficulty finding employment. Rejected by his father and stepmother, he left home. In late 1879, aged 17, Merrick entered the Leicester Union Workhouse.

In 1884, after four years in the workhouse, Merrick contacted a showman named Sam Torr and proposed that Torr should exhibit him. Torr agreed, and arranged for a group of men to manage Merrick, whom they named the Elephant Man. After touring the East Midlands, Merrick travelled to London to be exhibited in a penny gaff shop on Whitechapel Road which was rented by showman Tom Norman. Norman's shop, directly across the street from the London Hospital, was visited by a surgeon named Frederick Treves, who invited Merrick to be examined and photographed. Soon after Merrick's visits to the hospital, Tom Norman's shop was closed by the police and Merrick's managers sent him to tour in Europe.

In Belgium, Merrick was robbed by his road manager and abandoned in Brussels. He eventually made his way back to London; unable to communicate, he was found by the police to have Frederick Treves' card on him. Treves came and took Merrick back to the London Hospital. Although his condition was incurable, Merrick was allowed to stay at the hospital for the remainder of his life. Treves visited him daily and the pair developed quite a close friendship. Merrick also received visits from the wealthy ladies and gentlemen of London society, including Alexandra, Princess of Wales.

Merrick died on 11 April 1890, aged 27. The official cause of death was asphyxia, although Treves, who dissected the body, said that Merrick had died of a dislocated neck. He believed that Merrick, who had to sleep sitting up because of the weight of his head, had been attempting to sleep lying down, to "be like other people". The exact cause of Merrick's deformities is unclear. The dominant theory throughout much of the 20th century was that Merrick suffered from neurofibromatosis type I. In 1986, a new theory emerged that he had Proteus syndrome.

It is said that in 1987 Michael Jackson tried to buy Joseph Merrick's skeleton for $1million, however, his remains are to this day securely held in the Royal London Hospital.

The highly realistic head is sculpted on a foam core, which also forms the shoulders. This is detachable from a simple wheeled stand, which is covered with Victorian style blankets to give the impression of a body. Packs down small for easy travelling.