Friday, January 12, 2007

Wild West Auction Only Has Eyes For Bidders

WACO, Texas (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The owner of a rare glass eye collection could be seeing a lot of cash tomorrow (Jan. 13).

That’s because a collection of 35 old glass eyes will be auctioned off in Waco, Texas, and organizers are looking at bids close to $1,000.

The glass peepers, which come in a leather case, date back to 1910 and come in all different colors, from brown and blue to some really weird amber-colored ones.

As organizer Sam Franks puts it, “I guess they just wanted to make glass eyes to fit anyone’s liking.”

While the eyeballs are best as a collector’s item, Franks believes they could still function if someone wanted to use one as a replacement eye today.

He says, “They are handmade and very similar to the glass eyeballs made today.”

Franks believes the auction will attract American history buffs as well as optometrists.

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