This heavy 20-inch-tall head is made of iron. It was painted red and white. The auction catalog said it was a clown because of the pointed hat with a tassel. It’s a not-very-funny shooting gallery target that pictures a clown with a mask. It was made in America and used around 1911. The strange item was wanted by many collectors, and the high bid was $12,000. (Cowles Syndicate)

This heavy 20-inch-tall head is made of iron. It was painted red and white. The auction catalog said it was a clown because of the pointed hat with a tassel. It’s a not-very-funny shooting gallery target that pictures a clown with a mask. It was made in America and used around 1911. The strange item was wanted by many collectors, and the high bid was $12,000. (Cowles Syndicate)

When somebody pays big money for something that’s useless

Antiques made of iron, even clown’s heads like this one, have long been coveted by collectors.

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