Osama bin Laden’s Bike

Osama bin Laden's Bike

Now it can be yours: Osama bin Laden’s bicycle. The Pakistan hideout where Mr. bin Laden died is being razed, and souvenir hunters have been scavaging the house site.

“Ali and others quickly scoured the grounds around the building and elsewhere in Abbottabad for anything that might have once belonged to bin Laden, or anyone associated with him, that hadn’t already been confiscated by intelligence agencies.

Ali was lucky enough to find a bicycle. Although the bike was in bad condition, he believes its possible association with bin Laden could mean a handsome profit down the line.

‘I had to fight others to get it from the site because many people wanted it,’ Ali, who owns a small shop, told GlobalPost.

‘This is a broken bicycle at the moment. But you will see. In the future, it will be considered something to impress others. Many locals and foreigners will be happy to showcase this bicycle in their houses.’”

— “Get your Osama bin Laden souvenirs here!” Aamir Latif, GlobalPost

Of course, there’s nothing to say the bike belonged to or was used by Osama bin Laden, but it seems a better memento than those boring Osama souvenir T-shirts.

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Image (“‘Wheelmen in a red hot finish,’ John Cameron  for Currier & Ives, c1894”) via Library of Congress.

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