and. He recently listed the lamp on eBay for a starting price of €100,000, but the listing was removed as it breaches eBays policy ban
ning the sale of human body parts. 53-year-old Bonten’s leg had to be surgically removed when he developed a nasty infection after breaking his leg in a an accident in July 2012. A friend had tried to push him into a paddling pool but Bonten slipped over and the friend landed on top of him, snapping his leg and causing complicated fractures. After numerous surgeries, he developed a bacterial infection that targeted his knee joint, eating away at his bones. By June 2014 he was left with a useless leg - a dead, stiff weight t
hat needed to be amputated. As soon as the option of amputation was discussed in the hospital, he had a flash of inspiration: he wanted to make his amputated leg into a floor lamp instead of sending it to the incinerator. His request
led to a major consultation about who was the rightful owner of the amputated limb and whether it was even legal to let Bonten keep it. Conventionally, an amputated limb belongs to the hospital where it was removed, and the hospital is responsible for its disposal. If hospital staff don’t dispose of the human tissue they are in breach of legislation. Bonten didn’t understand all the fuss. As he told Dutch publication NRC Reader: My leg is my property. People keep their kidney stones in a jar on the mantelpieces. Ashes of deceased people are included in tattoos. I’m going to make a lamp of my leg. Eventually he was given approval to keep his leg, and he got pathologist Frank van de Goot to preserve the leg and a lighting designer Willem Schaperkotter to create the lamp. The leg was fixed in formaldehyde inside a large cylindrical container. This was used as the base of a large LED lamp. The lamp was built as Bonten recovered from his surgery. He was nervous about seeing it for the first time and was unnerved when he saw the telltale scars on his old leg. He was even allowed to take the leg out of the formalin briefly to hold: he described it as heavy and rubbery. After coming into financial trouble, Bonten decided to auction off his leg on eBay, but the listing was taken down for breaching eBays terms and conditions. Bonten told Mirror.co.uk that he was planning to use the proceeds from the eBay sale to buy a really good prosthetic leg: I would also like to set up a foundation that helps amputees come to terms with the fact that their live doesn’t stop after a limb is removed. He is currently looking to see if there are other platforms that he can sell his leg lamp through. I know I will never run again but the fact that I still have the leg helps me dea
l with the loss, particularly if I can sell it and use the money to buy a bionic leg, he said.