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05/02/2015 15:15 GMT | Updated 05/02/2015 17:59 GMT

Saddam Hussein's Death Rope Could Fetch More Than £4 Million

The rope that tightened around the neck of Saddam Hussein, ending the life of the former Iraqi tyrant in 2006, has attracted bidders from a raft of potential new owners.

The London-based Al-Araby Al-Jadeed website reported that the rope is currently owned by Iraq's ex-national security advisor Mowaffak al-Rubaie, who was photographed with it on display in his living room hitched around the neck of a bronze bust of the dead dictator.

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The bust of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and the actual rope used to hang him, are on display in the living room of former national security adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie

After the picture was published, al-Rubaie received offers from people who wanted to buy the piece of grisly memorabilia, with bids reportedly coming from an Iranian religious sect, two Kuwaiti businessmen and a wealthy family in Israel.

According to the website, the current bids stands at £4.6m

Speaking to the Independent in 2013, al Rubaie, who accompanied Hussein in his final moments before death, said: “I had my men bring me back a segment of the rope after they cut Saddam down. So I thought it appropriate to put it around the neck of Saddam’s statue.”