Remember that saying? “Sticks and stones may break your bones but skulls can make you rich.”
No? That’s because we just made it up — after hearing about Skulls Unlimited International, where founder Jay Villemarette charges $6,500 for a human cranium.
Villemarette is the world’s leading supplier of osteological specimens. He started in 1986, when he was laid off from his job at an autobody shop.
A bone collector since the age of seven — when he found a dog skull in the woods — the newly unemployed Villemarette wondered if he could sell enough bones to support his family.
Musta been rough on the kids: “What’s your dad do?” “He sells bones.”
But 20 years later, Villemarette has a 12,000-square-foot “processing” facility in Oklahoma City. His employees do the rough work, removing the flesh, then they toss the bones in with a bunch of beetles. We’ll let your imagination take it from there.
Most bones come from hunters, taxidermists, zoos and museums. You can get all sorts of skeletons, from an armadillo ($495) to a zebra ($6,499).
If you shoot something and you want Skulls Unlimited to clean it for you, Villemarette will do that too. He only asks that “when shipping specimens for processing, it is important that shipping instructions be followed, as all too often parcels arrive smelling badly or leaking fluids.”
Now you know why they call it “filthy rich.”