A gigantic copper nose, which was almost used to fix the Statue of Liberty’s nose, will be sold at an upcoming auction. This was one of several copper noses created during a restoration of the statue that took place decades ago. As it is expected to do well at auction, government officials are eyeing other ways that pieces of national monuments and government property could be sold as trinkets. Ten such collectibles which may come to auction in the coming years are listed below.
1. Several of Abraham Lincoln’s trademark pipe stove hats may be sold at a special auction held at the White House this November in order to raise money for President Obama’s 2012 election fun.
2. Pieces of the Wright brothers plane, now stored at the Smithsonian, will likely be cut up into little pieces and placed into hermetically sealed plastic boxes which will be attached to kites and sold for $2000 apiece. It is hoped that collectors will want to “fly” a piece of America’s first airplane; the money will be used to build a monument to the Wright brothers at Reagan international Airport.
3. Hillary Clinton has expressed interest in selling 2″ x 2″ square patches of some of her more famous pantsuits in order to raise money for a massive mural illustrating the important events in her life which will be painted and displayed at the State Department.
4. Several artifacts recovered from the first American expedition to the North Pole, which include a frozen woolly mammoth and a gold Egyptian scepter, will likely be sold to raise money to build a mall and amusement park in the Arctic Circle.
5. Though many consider the Constitution a sacred document, historians note that the document has been photographed, copied and translated numerous time, making the original document superfluous. In 2012 Congress plans to auction off random postage-sized pieces of the document, for millions of dollars to help pay off the interest on the national debt.
6. The Liberty Bell, which has been housed in a warehouse in southern Nevada for the past couple decades, will likely be melted down and recast into much smaller “Liberty Bell Trinkets” which will be sold at Taco Bells nationwide to help pay for a Statue of Liberty like monument in San Francisco built in the image of Nancy Pelosi.
7. While the White House will likely not be chopped up and sold as mementos, it is rumored that Pres. Obama will begin renting out the famous mansion when he is on vacation, and the proceeds will be used to help build an outdoor greenhouse for Michelle Obama.
8. To help pay for the BP oil spill cleanup, Congress has granted a special waiver for boot manufacturers to hunt and process alligators caught in the Everglades National Park in Florida.
9. The Washington Monument, which is roughly based on an Egyptian obelisk and was built from millions of sugar cubes, is slowly being eaten away by hungry ants. In response, Congress has authorized the Park service to sell off chunks of the national monument to help pay for a more permanent structure made out of candy canes.
10. The original American Flag sewn by Betsy Ross, will be disassembled, and for $5 million you can buy a strip (red or white) and for $7 million you can buy one of the stars. The money will be used to refurbish Vice President Joe Biden’s residence in Washington D.C..
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