Bizarre museum forced to sell exhibits to stay afloat after being forced to ...

The owner of a bizarre museum housing a rare Dodo bone, feathers of extinct birds and a unicorn skull has been forced to sell off some of his exhibits due to the pandemic.

Artist, writer and collector Viktor Wynd is selling the selection of strange pieces to keep his Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & UnNatural History afloat.

His museum in Hackney, east London, which has been going for 12 years, has not had many visitors over the last year because of lockdown restrictions.

Taxidermy winged kittens, a two-and-a-half foot leg bone from a woolly mammoth described as an 'Irish giant', Queen Victoria's knickers and even his own pants are among the 442 lots being put up for auction.

Around 80 of the lots are from Mr Wynd's collection.

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Artist and collector Viktor Wynd, pictured with a woolly mammoth Irish giant bone, is selling a selection of strange pieces to keep his Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & UnNatural History afloat as the pandemic has prevented visitors from attending

Artist and collector Viktor Wynd, pictured with a woolly mammoth Irish giant bone, is selling a selection of strange pieces to keep his Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & UnNatural History afloat as the pandemic has prevented visitors from attending

Artist and writer Viktor opened his museum 12 years ago. Pictured: cast of a dodo skeleton which could fetch up to £2,800

Artist and writer Viktor opened his museum 12 years ago. Pictured: cast of a dodo skeleton which could fetch up to £2,800

Pictured: monkey skeleton under glass dome which will go on auction to save Viktor's Museum of Curiosities in London

Pictured: monkey skeleton under glass dome which will go on auction to save Viktor's Museum of Curiosities in London

This pair of Queen Victoria's French linen knickers from early in her reign are valued at between £5,000 and £7,000

This pair of Queen Victoria's French linen knickers from early in her reign are valued at between £5,000 and £7,000

For an estimated £3,000 to £5,000 a dodo bone can be bought in the sale, along with a 19th century electric shock therapy machine, an aquatic dinosaur fossil, 12 hippo tusks and teeth, a Fiji 'mermaid', a fibre glass model of T. Rex head, a taxidermy polar bear head and a rare unicorn skull.

Mr Wynd said despite brief periods during the pandemic in which he could open, many people did not want to visit a narrow, confined space such as his museum.

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Viktor Wynd said: 'In the last year we haven't been able to trade so our finances are disastrous. We rely on foreign tourists and people from out of town.

'When we do open, will people want to visit an underground cramped museum?

'It's utterly heart-breaking, I would never dream of selling so many of my greatest treasures, but we have no other way of surviving.

Describing the decision to sell some of his collection as heart-breaking, Viktor poses with the taxidermy winged kitten

Describing the decision to

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