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Dutch government to sell 2,500 surplus body bags via online auction

In this undated but recent handout photo provided by BVA-Auctions.com, a body bag is displayed next to pallets containing about 2500 body bags put up for auction by the Dutch government Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Call it an offer to die for. The government is selling off 2,500 body bags in an online auction. Rob Meijer, commercial director of BVA Auctions, said Thursday his company sells plenty of strange stuff, but "this is special." The bags are being sold in a single lot, which has a reserve price of 4,000 euros (usd 5,050). The auction closes on Oct. 6. (AP Photo/BVA-Auctions.com, HO)

In this undated but recent handout photo provided by BVA-Auctions.com, a body bag is displayed next to pallets containing about 2500 body bags put up for auction by the Dutch government Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Call it an offer to die for. The government is selling off 2,500 body bags in an online auction. Rob Meijer, commercial director of BVA Auctions, said Thursday his company sells plenty of strange stuff, but "this is special." The bags are being sold in a single lot, which has a reserve price of 4,000 euros (usd 5,050). The auction closes on Oct. 6. (AP Photo/BVA-Auctions.com, HO)  (The Associated Press)

The Dutch government is selling off 2,500 body bags in an online auction.

Rob Meijer, commercial director of BVA Auctions, said Thursday his company sells plenty of strange stuff, but this one is "special."

Meijer says there hasn't been a great deal of interest — except from the media — in the unusual offer. The bags are being sold in a single lot, which has a minimum price of 4,000 euros ($5,050). The auction closes on Oct. 6.

He thinks an organization like a relief agency could be interested in buying the bags.

The bags are being sold by a national agency that sells off surplus government equipment and property. The agency did not immediately return a call seeking comment.