When Brooke Hummel’s boss told her that there were some new items to be listed on eBay, nothing could prepare her for what she found in a brown box on a shelf: two human skulls.
“It still kind of freaks me out, but I pretend that they don’t,” Hummel said while gingerly holding a skull last Friday.
New and Again Consignment Furniture Gallery on School Street had never sold a skull before.
But recently, a local man whose dad owned an antique store brought in an adult skull and a child skull to put on consignment. Owner Al Levy decided that they would be perfect on eBay.
Hummel had no idea how much they were worth, so she put them on eBay with a minimum price of $100. She was in for a surprise.
“(Al Levy) always has a feeling that he has something good on his hands and it always pays off,” Hummel said.
The child skull immediately shot up to $1,000 during the first day and eventually sold for $1,500. The adult skull went for $580. She mailed them out on Friday.
“We have never done anything like this on eBay. We usually sell normal stuff,” Hummel said.
The adult skull appeared like it was bleached, and both were surprisingly lightweight. They were probably used in a medical study, Hummel said.
When she checked eBay, there was a page and a half worth of other skulls for sale. Hummel wondered if the proximity to Halloween increases the number of people looking for skulls, but she figured out that most of the people who buy them are related to the medical field.
The skulls are legal to sell because they were used for medical purposes. They have been dissected and have hinges for the jaw, Hummel said. The adult also had the dome removed, and there are screws and hooks to hold it in place.
As people placed bids on the two skulls, they emailed a variety of questions and asked for more pictures of the teeth.
“We all feel like doctors because we had to continuously check them out,” Hummel said.