Funny Business with Jane Wells

Maria Callas' Really, Really BIG Nose

Swarovski Fireplace

One of my favorite websites is It has all kinds of wacky items people who used to own Bear Stearns stock--back when it was $159 a share--could afford.

One of the things BornRich recently highlighted was a Swarovski crystal fireplace (image at right) , for $24,000.

Hey, whatever floats your yacht.

The fireplace was created by artist Justen Ladda, so I started to poke around his website to see what else he’s selling. I stumbled upon this:


Nose Statue

It’s entitled “Nose, Maria Callas.” !!!!

But wait! He has another version in case a humungous, three-foot-tall black nose with elephantine skin doesn’t go with your décor:

Nose Statue

That’s MUCH more subtle. No price given. Look, who am I to say there’s nose accounting for taste? Who am I to say when art becomes ridiculous? Perhaps, like obscenity, I know it when I see it.

Nose Statue

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