An Osama bin Laden doll to dissuade children from idolising the al-Qaeda chief has been put on sale. The doll was made as part of a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) programme.
Three copies of the doll are know to exist as the CIA ditched the secret programme called ‘Devil Eyes’. Donald Levin, the creator of GI Joe action figure, had designed the doll.
CIA approached Levin about producing bin Laden figures and sending them to Pakistan or Afghanistan. Initally Levin was uncertain about the project, but later got immersed in the work.
A prototype is in the CIA’s possession, while the other two have been kept by the Levin family, said Deccan Herald. Last November one of the dolls was auctioned off for USD 11,875 to an anonymous buyer in the US.
Now Levin’s son is selling the family’s second doll through auctioneer Nate D Sanders in Los Angeles with a starting bid of USD 5,000. The auction house describes the doll as “designed for the CIA by Donald Levin in 2005 to children to dissuade them from joining al-Qaeda.”
“The doll’s permanent head is a look-alike representation of bin Laden, and comes with a removable head featuring a depiction of Bin Laden as a ‘demon’, attached to metal stand.
The detachable head is a frightening representation of bin Laden, with his face painted in red, black facial features and bright green eyes.
The doll wears traditional Islamic garb, a white five button robe over a four button white tunic with a mock collar, with off-white cloth pants and a pair of black mock velcro boots.
Bin Laden was killed in the garrison town of Abbottabad on May 2, 2011, in a covert raid carried out by the US Navy SEALs.