In addition to creating works of his own, artist Barton Lidice Benes collected random, weird stuff, which is detailed in his 2002 book Curiosa: Celebrity Relics, Historical Fossils, and Other Metamorphic Rubbish. Seems like it could be of interest to WUvies! Some of the items include:

  • Larry Hagman’s gallstone
  • a straw used by Monica Lewinsky
  • a statue of the Virgin Mary made out of dollar bills
  • a penny found in Sigmund Freud’s couch
  • a piece of coal from the Titanic
  • a cross made out of nails from the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas
  • a fork used by actor Steven Van Zandt of The Sopranos
  • Gore Vidal’s swizzle stick and coaster
  • Art Buchwald’s toothpick
After Benes died in 2012, the North Dakota Museum of Art received much of his collection.

More info: wikipedia,

     Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 27, 2018
     Category: Art | Collectors

Some of these sound as dubious as the baby Jesus' foreskin.
Posted by Richard Bos on 12/28/18 at 04:56 AM
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