Global interest in Saddam's buttock

A bronze buttock "liberated" from a statue of Saddam Hussein after the fall of Baghdad in 2003 has attracted global attention ahead of an auction later this month, its owner says.

Former SAS hero Nigel "Spud" Ely said the war relic had been the subject of "phenomenal" worldwide interest since news of its impending sale was announced three days ago.

The London-born veteran, who lives in Herefordshire, recovered the souvenir of Saddam's downfall while working alongside a TV crew as US Marines toppled the landmark statue in April 2003.

Being sold off with full provenance by Derbyshire-based Hansons Auctioneers on October 27, the chunk of metal has also been subjected to spectral analysis to allow other pieces of the statue to be authenticated if they come to the market in future.

Part of the proceeds from the sale of the memento will go to charities helping injured and ex-servicemen in Britain and the United States.

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