Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Saint's Head to be Auctioned

Now this is truly Fortean; the "ancient skull" of St. Vitalis of Assisi is soon to be auctioned off. Very cool photo of said head with article. (thanks to Professor Hex for link.)
Saint's head to be sold at auction in Duleek - News, frontpage - "THE ancient skull of an Italian saint will be sold at auction in Annesbrook House in Duleek on Sunday.

'We do a fine art sale once a year and when we decided on Annesbrook then the link with St Oliver Plunkett struck me,' stated auctioneer Damien Matthews from Oldcastle.

'I remember visiting his head in Drogheda when I was a young lad so I said why not put the skull of St Vitalis of Assisi into a sale just down the road.'

The skull, which is in a Queen Anne case, is expected to fetch anything up to €1,200.

'We think the skull is about 600 years old' he continued.

'It is said that the saint met a bad end as he was buried alive with stones placed on his head."

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