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.
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.”