American Offers $50,000 For Johor Cast

Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 8th, 2006


Cryptomundo correspondent and Malaysia Star reporter Marsha Tan has been kind enough to send along her latest Johor Bigfoot article to be shared here. If anyone knows the identities of the (1) American “Bigfoot researcher” or (2) the “museum owner” who are behind the offers to either trade casts (yeah, right the Seekers are going to take up that one) or the $50,000 payment for the cast, we’d like to hear from you.

My previous blog entry on this subject is here, and the eBay Malaysia description is here.

Malaysia Bigfoot

Illa shows off the cast last February.

Sunday October 8, 2006

RM185,000 offered for Bigfoot ‘print’

By Marsha Tan

Johor Baru: A private museum owner in the United States has offered US$50,000 (RM185,000) for the cast of what the Paranormal Seekers Malaysia (Seekers) claims to be Bigfoot’s footprint. 

Seekers had auctioned the cast, which was made during an expedition to Kota Tinggi in February last year, in eBay Malaysia with a starting bid of RM100,000. 

But there were no takers when the auction ended last Wednesday.  

There were, however, interested parties from the United States, which included the private museum owner and a Bigfoot researcher. 

Seekers founder Syed Abdullah Al-Attas told The Star the private museum owner offered US$50,000 for the cast while the researcher offered to trade a few of his Bigfoot casts for the one Seekers had. 

“We will leave the offer open until the end of the year to see the highest offer.  

“If possible, we would like a Malaysian body – be it a foundation or a museum – to buy the cast because this is the only one we have and we hope it can stay here,” he said.  

Asked why Seekers wanted to auction off a priceless item, Syed Abdullah said the group had no choice, having exhausted all its funds in its two years of operation. 

“We need equipment and material for our paranormal investigations and research but we have no funding nor aid from the Government. 

“Therefore, we are forced to put the cast up for sale,” said the 40-year-old Syed Abdullah, who is the chief investigator of the group based in Kuala Lumpur.  

Asked why the group had not made more casts during the expedition, he said they did not bring enough material.  

He said Seekers, along with three other paranormal investigating groups, found 10 possible Bigfoot footprints. 

“However, we only have enough material to make one cast, or else, trust me, we would have made 10 there and then. 

“If we successfully find funding for future expeditions, I guarantee that we will go to Kota Tinggi again to continue our research.”  

Source: Malaysia Star, October 8, 2006

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

10 Responses to “American Offers $50,000 For Johor Cast”

  1. swnoel responds:

    Heck, I have some casts I’ll sell for a lot cheaper than that.

    How many they want? 😉

  2. oldbutnotstupid responds:

    The old adage there is one born every minute holds true , but are they all in the USA. I hope the world doesn’t judge the whole country on those few. I have an old pair of sneekers that smell like bigfoot and for ony $100,000 any takers?

  3. Peter Loh responds:

    Hmmm, maybe I should auction off some of my original Mawas sketches? Any takers? 😉

  4. busterggi responds:

    Wonder how much they’d offer for some swampland in Florida if I said a skunk ape once walked through it?

  5. swnoel responds:

    Peter, what your offering is legitimate, it’s called art.

    And you might be surprised what someone may be willing to pay.

  6. greatanarch responds:

    Why is this museum owner offering $50,000 for something originally available for about half the price?

  7. Sky King responds:

    “Why is this museum owner offering $50,000 for something originally available for about half the price?”

    Trying to drive the market price up, I guess. 😉

  8. alanborky responds:

    Actually, this is terrible news, because now we’ll not only have to sift through the fakes created by the likes of the various debunking industries solely for the purpose of discrediting the field, but a whole new variety and generation of merely mercenary and entrepreneurial types’ll join in the manufacturing fun on realising how much serious cash there’s now to be made.

  9. ilexoak responds:

    Looks more like an elephant dropping replica. Maybe they got an offer from the Ripley’s “Believe it or Not” museum. No one would believe anyone would try to pass it off for a BF footprint.


  10. Doug Tarrant responds:

    Looks like a large mutated “Gator” foot.

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