Christie’s yanks human skull and bones from auction

In a move that should be filed under “No Brainer,” Christie’s has removed from its Friday sale a set of human bones and a skull once owned by Yale University’s secret Order of Skull and Bones. A full story can be viewed over at CNN.

Christie’s is saying it was a question over ownership – not human decency – that lead to the lot’s removal. It was estimated the set, which included a book of members’ names between 1832 and 1877, was worth between $10,000 and $20,000.

Maybe it’s the alure of a “secret society” or perhaps its the macabe antique, but something tells me we’re going to see this set make news again in the near future. We’ve been covering the federal government’s crusade to end illegal sales of human remains – specifically those of Native Americans.

It’s not clear whether the remains are those of a Native American. But whoever ends up owning them, I hope they do the right thing and store them away for a long, long time.

-posted by Eric Bradley