Last October, Lupe Mendonza, who attended the Crypotpalooza event in Texas reported that Loren Coleman had confirmed ownership of the famous Minnesota Iceman. Mendoza reported that both the supposed original body encased in ice and the purported duplicate for display have been missing for years and have not been seen since the late 70's. What was not directly confirmed if it was actually the frozen display body or a possible duplicated created by the original owner promoter and exhibitor Frank Hansen, who travel around the country to display the supposed frozen creature.
According to reports articles on Bigfoot in 1968, cryptozoologists Ivan Sanderson and Bernard Heuvelmans, reportedly examined the Iceman in Hansen's house trailer in Minnesota, and concluded it was a genuine creature, saying they found "putrefaction where some of the flesh had been exposed from the melted ice."
It looks like the original body has been sold to an undisclosed buyer for $20,000 (probably more) on Ebay. It's dubbed by the seller of the item on Ebay as "a one of a kind hoax that was fabricated by a mid-20th century showman". The item description reads:
This is the actual sideshow gaff billed as "The Minnesota Iceman" by Frank Hansen in the 1960's. This is a one of a kind hoax that was fabricated by a mid-20th century showman. The Iceman was featured in an issue of Argosy Magazine (as you can see in the pictures) and spawned decades of debate as to its authenticity. For around 40 years the whereabouts of the Iceman were unknown to the cryptozoology community. The "creature", while under ice, baffled the famed zoologist (and so-called father of cryptozoology) Bernard Heuvelmans who examined it in it's heyday. Stories circulated as to the origin of the creature ranging from "a hunter shot it in the great northwoods", to "it was killed during wartime in Southeast Asia", and even that it was found floating in the ocean encased in it's signature block of ice. It is thought that the "creature" was actually crafted by one of Disney's early Imagineers. Regardless of who actually did create it, the quality is flawless, and it has stood up remarkably well to the rigors of time and repeated freezings. The chest freezer that it is housed in is unfortunately not operational at this time. It has been looked at by a licensed refrigeration contractor who determined that the compressor needs to be replaced. A new custom sheet of glass was added in September of 2012. The housing is extremely heavy, in upwards of 1000lbs, and is approxamately 4' x 4' x 8'. This listing includes the rolling freezer container, the creature, and the original signage. Buyer will need to either arrange to pick item up in Minnesota, or arrange for shipping. Follow this link to read the original Argosy Magazine article: http://www.bigfootencounters.com/articles/argosy2.htm Any questions, please feel free to email. Serious inquiries only. Thank You!