CIA created demon-faced Osama bin Laden doll up for auction

  • PTI, Los Angeles
  • Updated: Jun 20, 2015 01:17 IST

A demon-faced Osama bin Laden doll that was created as part of a CIA programme to dissuade children from idolising the al Qaeda chief has been put on sale.

Only three copies of the 12-inch figurine now exist as the CIA ditched the secret programme called ‘Devil Eyes’ which aimed to turn children away from the terror leader.

Donald Levin, the famous creator of GI Joe action figure, designed the doll.

CIA officials had approached Levine about the possibility of producing the bin Laden figures and having them sent to Pakistan or Afghanistan. Levine was initially ambivalent about the project but later reportedly threw himself into the work.

“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 removable head is a frightening representation of bin Laden, with his face painted bright red with black facial features and bright green eyes,” the description says.

Last November one of the dolls owned by the Levine family was sold for $11,875 at an auction to an anonymous buyer in the US.

Now Levine’s son is selling the family’s second doll with a starting bid of $5,000.

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