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Wed Site Offers Saddam Uniform For Sale

Reuters News Wire (
Sat, 26 Nov 2005 11:09:30 -0600

A U.S. auction house is trying to sell one of Saddam Hussein's
military uniforms online, calling it an "ultimate artefact" of the
U.S. war in Iraq.

Manion's International Auction House ( ) is
offering the olive green dress uniform, complete with Saddam's special
rank on its shoulder straps, at a starting price of $5,000 (2,915
pounds), but expects it to sell for much more.

"We have only seen one other Hussein uniform here at Manion's, and it
realized over $20,000 at auction," the auctioneer says on its Web

The company says the uniform was obtained by a soldier in the
U.S. army's Third Infantry Division after American troops seized
Baghdad airport in April 2003.

According to the military orders governing U.S. forces in Iraq,
soldiers are forbidden from taking any artefacts or souvenirs from the
country except in very rare circumstances, a U.S. military spokeswoman
said on Saturday.

Manion's said it would give a proportion of the proceeds from the sale
to charity. Bidding closes on December 1. There have been no bids so

Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited.

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