Odd Objects

The most unusual found objects

DONE THE DAY. This is the warm-up period right now in the departments that manage lost and found objects. A skull. He was found near Place Denfert-Rochereau, a busy part of the capital, before landing at the lost and found service of the Paris Police Prefecture. A car door. The story of this incongruous object, found on the platform of a Parisian station, remains a great mystery. How could he have gotten there? To date, there is no explanation, if not perhaps that of sheet metal trafficking… ADVERTISING A bag full of reblochon. When he was taken to the lost and found service at Gare de Lyon, he had to stay a few hours in the sun. The smell, the agents still remember it… Funeral urns. Was it the deceased’s willingness to end up in a Paris-Lyon? Or the forgetting of a somewhat dizzy entourage? The police prefecture also recovered a funeral urn more than ten years ago. A washing machine. Object probably too cumbersome during a move, it was left on the dock. The SNCF regularly collects them. A wedding dress. She was picked up by a taxi driver, who witnessed live the break-up of a

Top 10 strangest items sold at auction

This Year was the year of Oscar blunders, tweet covfefe, a total solar eclipse and the rise of Bitcoin. Surprising objects were also sold, as they should have been for a year in which the world felt stranger and stranger, and for large sums. From celebrity wicks to the world’s smallest bible, I have compiled a list of the 10 strangest items sold at auction in 2017. 1. The last Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” (The Savior of the World) was bought for an astronomical €382 million last November in New York, breaking the world record for the most expensive work ever sold. The painting had been sold for 50 euros in the 1950s, when it was mistaken for a copy. It is now believed to be the last Leonardo da Vinci in private hands. It sold for €381,881,541 after 19 minutes of auction, despite the persistent questioning by some experts about its authenticity and condition. 2. The smallest Bible in the world The world’s smallest readable and illustrated Bible, printed in 1727, sold on a second-hand online site for 2,400 euros this year. While small Bibles sold well in 2017, those that belonged