Footage from Al Iraqiya television shows masked executioners putting a noose around former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's neck moments before his hanging in Baghdad December 30, 2006..
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A bidding war was sparked after the rope that ended the life of Saddam Hussein was put on auction, London based al-Arabi al-Jadeed newspaper on Friday.
The noose, which fell into the hands of Iraq's former national security adviser, was seen pictured as it reprised its former role, hanging around the neck of the former Iraqi tyrant's bust alongside the physician who oversaw the execution.
Offers soared well into the millions, with the record being set at $7 million.
Among the bidders was a Kuwaiti businessmen, an Iranian religious organization and a wealthy Israeli family, whose name was not given.
Saddam Hussein had at some point during his 23 year rule been in conflict with the nations of origin of all three of the bidders.
In 2006, three years after the invasion of Iraq and his capture, Hussein was executed after a trial by a special military tribunal.