MICHIGAN – A woman makes a replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper with her belly button lint.
Laura Bell of Roscommon, Michigan has been collecting the lint from her belly button in order to create a 14-foot-long, 4-foot tall reproduction of da Vinci’s masterpiece The Last Supper.
It has taken Bell close to 27 years to amass the quantity of lint necessary to produce this work of art. Over the years, she has developed a methodic and border line obsessive compulsive system of jarring and cataloguing the lint by color and size. Her collection consists of over 20 shades of every imaginable color. And her largest individual lint deposit is recorded at 52.7mm in diameter. That’s just over 2 inches!
“I really love sweaters. There’s a green one and a pink one and a blue on and a yellow one and they’re all made out of wool and cashmere and they all look just the same. I virtually have all the colors of the rainbow. I wear sweaters everyday and everywhere, even when it is 95 degrees outside,” explained Bell
Bell is five foot two inches tall and weighs just over 285 pounds with most of her weight in her gut. That makes her navel an ideal environment for harvesting bellybutton lint. “Often times there is a cornucopia of color in my navel if I forget to clean it out before the end of the week,” she said.
It has been reported that Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is trying to acquire the work to display in one of their museums. However, insider sources have reported that auction house giants, Christie’s and Sotheby’s are in an intense battle to secure a deal with Bell for the right to auction the work to the highest bidder. If either of the two companies lands a deal, they are sure to garner a healthy sum for this work of genius at the auction block.