What an awesome coffee table this would make!
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.