This might be the best thing ever, and most definitely the best Daily Lamp I would have ever posted… but there is a man in the Netherlands who had an accident a few years ago, got a bacterial infection, and then unfortunately had a tough choice to make due to a loss of bone… amputation of the leg.
I can’t help but honor the man’s sense of lumen-ary dedication — the man, Leo Bonten, who needed to cop some bills money, decided to turn that leg into a “classy” lamp. I mean, he’s asking a hundred thousand euros for it. So, that being said, let’s look at that eBay listing! It’s got a very catchy title, “Lamp, made out of my amputated leg.” It kind of just falls of the tongue, doesn’t it?
…and of course, the tweet!
— AD.nl (@ADnl) August 30, 2014
Bonten had to do some negotiating with the hospital to get the leg, because, well, they usually don’t let you have your amputated leg. It’s a shame because it’s his leg and all, and I would hate to have that conversation myself. “What do you mean I can’t have my f*cking leg?! It’s MY F*CKING LEG!”
By all means, please watch the quick video on this piece of light leg art:
eBay didn’t really find the listing too appropriate, and has since killed it deader than Amy Winehouse’s next solo album. As you would expect, like having the warnings on the toaster about not using in the bathtub, eBay has a rule against people’s dead appendages in auctions on their site:
We don’t allow humans, the human body, or any human body parts or products to be listed on eBay, with two exceptions. Sellers can list items containing human scalp hair, and skulls and skeletons intended for medical use.
But nevertheless, if anyone wants it, and has that 100,000 euro that Bonten’s asking for his amputated leg lamp, drop me a line and I’ll see if I can hook that up. I don’t even need any fees, I’ll do it for free.
I had to find out what was up with the odd lamp on the top of the formaldehyde-leg-vessel-thing. It looked very similar to something called the Cola Lamp from lighting designer Willem Schaperkotter. Like so:
Alright, it’s the same minus the Coke can and all, this is the guy’s leg for feck’s sake. Here’s some photos of Leo, the leg lamp, and some other leg lamp related Leo photos, because details: