Friday, 16 March 2007

Treacle skeletons

How many of us are lucky enough to have valuable antiques gathering dust in the cellar or the loft of our house? Maybe in the back room there is a rare figurine that - in your ignorance - you never thought was worth a penny. Betty Todd found a treacle skeleton in her garden shed. Last month it was sold at auction for £22,000.

Treacle skeletons date back to the early 19th century when Sir Hugh Trent first came up with the idea of covering human skeletons with treacle and then presenting them to close friends. No one was ever rude enough to enquire where the skeletons came from, but the treacle came from Luton. Sadly, after Trent died no one followed in his footsteps and many of the skeletons were disposed of. Today there are only seventeen known to be in existence. Have a look in your garden shed.