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Remember Body Works—that controversial traveling exhibit of real human bodies as dissected, preserved, and presented by German anatomist Guenter von Hagens? Well, the doctor is back in the spotlight with a new retail venture.
Von Hagens has launched an e-commerce site which sells a diverse range of cringeworthy products—from multi-colored bull testicle necklaces ($150) to a necklace made of horse ($115) to a variety of human skulls.
The site, which appears to be in beta at the moment, is launching full-force on November 3rd, reports the AP:
Von Hagens, famous for his "Body Worlds" traveling exhibition of preserved human bodies and body parts, said Friday his new Internet shop is going online Nov. 3.· Plastination Products [Official Site]
The shop will sell a wide range of his creations—from animal-part jewelry to entire human corpses. But he says any human body parts will only be sold to places like universities and hospitals for research purposes, as he already does.
German Archbishop Robert Zollitsch is criticizing the plans, saying von Hagens is desecrating corpses to create "a spectacle under the guise of medical research."
· German anatomist now selling bodies online [AP]