200-year-old sex toys fetch £3,600
Published 26/03/2010 | 07:11
Two sex toys thought to be more than 200 years old fetched £3,600 at a sale.
The wooden phalluses - one measuring 10 inches and the other 11 inches - were bought by an anonymous bidder at an auction in Brentwood, Essex.
Staff at Brentwood Antiques Auction described the sex toys as "extraordinary and exceptionally rare" and said they were probably French and dated back to the late 1700s.
"You might laugh but it's a good opportunity for investment," auctioneer Wendy Wood told bidders. "You won't see another one in a long time."
Auctioneers listed the lot under "Erotica" and a catalogue description read: "Designed to please Lot 340 - An extraordinary and exceptionally rare 'Travel Godermiche'...
"A pair of wooden phallus contained within a fitted kid leather covered Treen case with strap fleurs-de-lys decoration, one phallus 10 inches and with testicles and the other 11 inches and without testicles.
"The case, although having a re-lined interior appears to have age commensurate with those of the phallus and both are thought to date from the late 18th century and are probably French."