Step right up and see the Minnesota Iceman! SOLD!

What an awesome coffee table this would make!

Minnesota Ice Man – For Sale! | CFI Blogs.

The listing reads:

“This is the actual sideshow gaff billed as “The Minnesota Iceman” by Frank Hansen in the 1960’s. This is a one of a kind hoax that was fabricated by a mid-20th century showman. The Iceman was featured in an issue of Argosy Magazine (as you can see in the pictures) and spawned decades of debate as to its authenticity. For around 40 years the whereabouts of the Iceman were unknown to the cryptozoology community.

It is thought that the “creature” was actually crafted by one of Disney’s early Imagineers. Regardless of who actually did create it, the quality is flawless, and it has stood up remarkably well to the rigors of time and repeated freezings.


Link to the auction here. (UPDATE: It was sold. The final price is not known but the start was $20,000.)

It’s impossible to tell from the pictures if it’s the real one that was put on display or a fake. The story of the Minnesota Iceman is legendary so regardless, this is still a neat thing to display.

From Museum of Hoaxes:

During the 1960s a strange creature frozen in ice was exhibited at carnivals throughout the Midwest. It appeared to be some kind of neanderthal man.

In 1968 the creature came to the attention of two cryptozoologists: Ivan Sanderson and Dr. Bernard Heuvelmans. These two gentlemen were convinced that the creature was real, but they could not explain where it came from. Through their interest in the creature, it came to the attention of a wider audience.

For more on the Iceman, listen to this episode of Monster Talk.

Minnesota Iceman: Argosy Magazine, May 1969.

  7 comments for “Step right up and see the Minnesota Iceman! SOLD!

  1. RDW
    February 20, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    This would be a great “Joke Date” to take to a Skeptics Conference. But then, my sense of humor is a bit bizarre. Looking closer, are you sure this isn’t an “Ice Woman” ??

  2. February 20, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    That looks NOTHING like Jasper… Was he found in an abandoned Quicky-Mart?

  3. February 21, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    I can’t help but be reminded of the Scooby Doo frozen ape man episode every time I see reference to the MN ice man.

  4. February 21, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Damn! I missed my chance to see the original at the Berlin Fair back in ’68 because it cost 50 cents to get in and I only had 25 cents. If only I’d seen the aution earlier – I’d have bid a whole dollar.

  5. spookyparadigm
    February 21, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    The “there was a real one, and then it got replaced with a fake one, seriously guys, they’re not the same” element of this always seemed a bit dodgy. Recent Bigfoot news reminds one of it.

  6. February 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Check out the link, the frame and case looks like a dead match for the original. The pose is the same too.

  7. February 21, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    More will be revealed about how this went down. Small detail, but this was purchased for less than $20,000, not more. It was sold for the “best offer,” which was short of $20,000. More later.

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