Skull and Bones Society Auction

Get your wallets out, because we are going to an auction, or at least we should be.....apparently the Skull and Bones Society is having an auction! Yes, the Yale University secret society, who has members including George W. Bush, and his father, Senator John Kerry, writer William F. Buckley, Jr, and several businessmen such as Averell Harriman and H.J. Heinz II is selling off a human skull and two large bones.

The skull and bones are going to auction on January 22, 2010 at  Christie's Auction House in New York and are expected to bring up to $20,000  According to the auction house, the skull has a lid cut in the top, which was used for ballots when the skull was used as a ballot box by the Skull and Bones members. They also report that one of the bones is enscribed with the word, "THOR"

But that isn't the best part, the best part is that the skull and bones, which are interesting enough, will be sold with a black book listing names of Skull and Bones members back in 1831-1877.  It also comes with approximately 50 photographs of society members and a small black book inscribed with names published until 1971.

Now that.....would be nice to have....although I don't think it would provide anything we don't already know, there are lots of  Skull and Bones Members particularly before 1982, after that, they seem to be a little less well known, perhaps because they like to keep the names of the current powerful a little less well known when possible. Given that history records the Skull and Bones Society as having been founded in 1832 by William Huntington Russell and Alphonso Taft, a list beginnning in 1831 would include the very first members. The Skull and Bones Society was originally and informally as "Bones" members are referred to as "Bonesmen".

It's interesting how the symbol of a human skull and bones figures in so much of the secret societies culture, besides the Skull and Bones Society, this is a common symbol in Masonic culture, it's been tied to The Knights Templar and was also adopted by pirates, many of whom may very well have had Masonic /Knights Templar connections.

The picture of the skull and bones included here, is said to be the logo of the Skull and Bones Society, and according to an entry in Wilkipedia, the number 322 is said to represent 322 the year the society was founded (1832) and that this is the second chapter the Bavarian Illuminati, a secret German organization, that we now know as "The Illuminati"  Another theory says that the 322 stands for "founded in '32, 2nd corps", where the first corps might be the Illuminati. But another theory says that 322 refers to the death of Demosthenes. Like all good secret societies, rumors, theories abound, and it leaves us to wonder in some instances if anyone really knows what the number stands for.....
UPDATE January 24, 2010
The Huffington Post reports that the above mention skull and bones was pulled from Christie's Auction with Christie's citing a title claim as the reason for the skull and bones being removed from their auction. It was expected to sell for $10,000 to $20,000 to the seller who Christie's identified as a European art collector.

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