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Could your art collection use an ‘Oddpraisal?’ Believe it or not, Ripley’s will provide

Maybe you’ve been wanting to show off that portrait of Justin Bieber you made from lollipops. Or perhaps it’s time to cash in on that giant squid you found at Ocean Shores.

You’re in luck: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will be in Seattle on Friday and Saturday to take them off your hands.

Ripley's Bizarre Buying Bazaar is coming to Pacific Science Center to acquire new items for their collection. A show, “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” is underway at PSC.

Edward Meyer, Ripley's vice-president of Exhibits and Archives, will review the items and make on-the-spot offers.

According to a press release, Meyer has acquired over 20,000 artifacts, as well as stories for Ripley’s cartoons and books. But the number drops dramatically when it comes to the Bizarre Buying Bazaar — just over 100 items purchased.

But, heck, who else is going to buy your two-headed calf or portrait of Albert Einstein made from burned toast? Both of those are on view in Seattle, by the way.

“We're hoping to find oddities, artifacts, relics, strange things from science and nature, unusual artwork — the weirder the better," says Meyer. He recently bought a sculpture of a thumb made from decades of fingernail clippings at Bazaar in Panama City Beach, Fla.

Even if Ripley's doesn't buy your precious artifact you may get an “oddpraisal” — an idea of how unusual it is, but not its monetary value.

"This is our first Bizarre Buying Bazaar held in the Northwest, so I'm excited to see what kind of oddities we can find," Meyer said.

How to participate in Ripley's Bizarre Buying Bazaar

There is no charge to bring an item to the Bizarre Buying Bazaar, but participants will need to print a voucher to use to enter Pacific Science Center.

Oddity owners planning to attend the Bizarre Buying Bazaarare encouraged to RSVP to Angela Johnson at in advance and provide some details on the item they want to bring in. That will allow Ripley's research team to see what they can find out about the particular items of interest in advance.

The Bizarre Buying Bazaar will be held on Friday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Pacific Science Center, located at 200 Second Ave N. Seattle.