The human remains were listed as an “ex-medical display,” sparking outrage from an antiquarian society. Meanwhile, the online sale of human bones continues in the United States.
A Scottish auction house has agreed to remove a human skull and thigh bone from an upcoming amid charges that the sale would be “unethical.”
The human bones were listed as an “ex-medical display,” as part of the Militaria, Domestic & Rural Bygones sale at Taylor’s Auction Rooms in Angus, Scotland.
The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland said it is “wrong to commodify people as objects” and asked Taylor’s Auction Rooms to remove the items from the auction house’s catalog.
When the auction house refused to do so, the Society took to social media to ask people to contact Taylor’s Auction Rooms to “object to the sale of the human remains (lots 1508, 1510 and 1511).
“STOP THE SALE! We recently learned that human remains are set to be sold at an Angus auction house on 5 May 2022. The Society contacted Taylor’s Auction Rooms of Montrose to request their removal from the auction, but they refused,” read the tweet.