AUSTIN, Texas — When a dead corpse goes up on auction, it’s not a lot of fun, but there are some auctions that go up for bidding like nobody’s business.
For the past couple of months, the Dead Body Auction is going down in Texas as the annual annual event has drawn hundreds of people to the streets of Austin for the chance to bid on a few of the hundreds of thousands of body parts, including skulls, hearts, kidneys, hearts and brains.
Somebody may be selling one or more of those parts at $10,000 to $50,000 for a price tag that’s almost as high as the price tag for a pair of jeans.
There are people willing to bid $25,000, $50 and $100,000 on one of those remains, and that’s how the auctions start.
The auction begins at 7 a.m. and lasts through midnight Thursday.
It is not a public event and the bidding takes place behind closed doors.
There are no rules, no cameras, no microphones and no press.
This year, it seems the event has more than a little extra interest in Texas because the dead bodies have been found in Texas, Ohio and Illinois.
So how does one go about bidding on a dead human being?
The auctions are run by the Texas State Fair and are open to the public.
The proceeds from the auctions will go toward the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, which funds programs that help victims of human trafficking and provide information about the dangers of human remains.
People come from around the state to bid and sell their remains.
If you are interested in selling your body, contact the Texas Fair at 512-942-3780.
Texas is home to about 100,000 human remains each year, including those of children, women and adults.
Many are found in abandoned buildings.
Many of the bodies are from the dead of war and war-torn areas, but some have been discovered buried in farmland.
According to a recent report from the nonprofit Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the number of human skeletal remains in Texas is on the rise.
About 5,800 are reported missing in Texas every year.
A recent study found that nearly a third of those are from Texas.
We also have a number of groups that are trying to identify and track the bodies, and they are asking for the public’s help in finding those that are not.
If you have a body that you think belongs to someone, please contact the Center for the Missing and Found at 512.926.3244.