According to a Daily Mail report, a rare collection of “fertility” bone carvings including three scrotum figures sold for almost $57,000 after a fierce bidding war. The carvings were originally valued between $1546 and $2319.
“The collection of bone carvings, included three testicle sacs and other items shaped like genitalia, and date from the 18th century” said the Daily Mail report.
“They were made by unknown artists using primitive tools in the South Pacific's Cook Islands.
“Many in the series are believed to be fertility symbols by auctioneers due to them being shaped like testicles.”
Jonathan Riley from Grand Auctions in Folkestone, Kent, said: “They are particularly interesting because of their extreme rarity and quality of carving considering they had primitive tools.
“It is really surprising because we did not have the hair stringing that makes them into a necklace, as they should be.”
Most examples of similar work are found in museums and have fetched for up to £230,000 in the past, Daily Mail reported.
Earlier this year a rare fragment of Cook Islands tapa dating back to the earliest years of European settlement in this country, also sold for a much larger than expected amount, frustrating local attempts to buy and repatriate it.