Saddam Husseins Uniform Up For Auction

    November 28, 2005

You just never know what’s going to fetch a high price on the Internet. Online auction house Manion has come up with one of Saddam Hussein’s daily dress uniforms. The uniform is being displayed with photos, a description and current bids.

The description is as follows:

Here it is – the ultimate artifact from Operation Iraqi Freedom – one of former President Saddam Hussein`s daily dress uniforms. High quality olive green polyblend fabric, precision stitched, with two pleated chest pockets and glossy green buttons to each flap and down the front. Horizontal stitched top grommet. Pocket to upper left sleeve. Hussein`s own `Mushir` rank slip-on shoulder straps with embroidered yellow eagle over laurel branches and crossed swords; red velvet tress. Also includes his familiar green and red twistcord aigulette. Woven red and white size 50 tag sewn to inner seam. Lot includes his matching trousers; also with a size 50 tag, “Star” marked hook closure, zipper fly. Both the shirt and trousers are in mint condition. Captured by a member of the Army`s Third Infantry. We have only seen one other Hussein uniform here at Manion`s, and it realized over $20K at auction. Iconic and infamous, Saddam Hussein now prepares to defend himself in a trial before his own people that the entire world will be watching closely. Condition: 10

The opening bid was $5000 and is currently $5125. The auction has fewer than 3 and half days left. The bidding ends on Dec. 1st at 8:30 p.m. CST.

Manion International is a specialized online auction house for historical military artifacts as well as antiques and small collectibles. According to their website, the offer quite a few U.S., Japanese, German and other European militaria. If they can come up with a Hussein uniform, one wonder’s what else they might have.

John Stith is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.