Written by Shaun Ferguson

Sunday, 10 June 2007

The late Diana Princess of Wales' body is to be exhumed and the bones auctioned off in an ironic bid to help the upkeep of her grave.

In a statement, given at the family attraction, Althorpe, TheSpoof.com heard that visitor numbers to her grave and various other attractions at Diana World were running well below expectations.

Diana World CEO told us: "As a miserable commoner, you could not imagine the cost of running a pile like this. A few pennies a throw, to peer at her last resting place, is just not generating the cash we need."

The sale is due to be held to coincide with Diana's birthday. The bones will be auctioned off individually at a top auction house in London's in Bond Street. The glossy catalogue includes a left femur guided at £400,000 and various foot bones guided from just £1,000.

The auctioneers say there is something for every pocket.

The skull has already been sold to a Knightsbridge corner shop owner for a price rumoured to be over £3 million. It is expected to go on display in his emporium later this month.

Allegations that the bones are reproductions have been condemned by Diana World. "How anyone could accuse us of profiteering from our dear patron's memory beggars belief!"

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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