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How Much Is A Human Body Part Worth?

by Jessica Bugg 12 months ago in Science
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The High Value Trade Of Human Organs

How Much Is A Human Body Part Worth?
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So we have all heard the jokes about selling a kidney or a liver to pay for something expensive but you might be surprised to find out just how much each human body part is worth to science. Organ donation is a huge charitable operation and those fuckers are getting PAID people. Today we are going to look at what each human body part is worth when you are selling it to scientific research firms and universities. Note: I don’t know how to negotiate the brokering of human body parts nor do I suggest doing it for extra cash. HOWEVER, I have been in charge of estates before where we have chosen to donate the organs to charity . . . below are the fair market values those charities get paid after harvesting the deceased organs. The more you know fellow hustlers, the more you know.

We are going to go in order from least expensive to most expensive per body part. Let’s begin, shall we?

Ears (the outside part only): $10/Ear

That is per ear and not per pair of ears and I felt the need to clarify that is for the outside part of the ear and not the inside hearing organs of the ear. Scientist use these for research and displays.

Appendix: $25

An appendix isn’t worth very much these days as it’s considered evolutionarily useless and most people end up getting rid of theirs. Your hospital took a flat $25 for the disposal of yours if you had it removed. If for some reason, science finds a reason for the appendix, expect this value to go up, right now, it commands low value because there isn’t much of a need for one.

Nose: $75

Noses used to be worth more but thanks to innovative plastic surgery, the value has plummeted.

Teeth: $75

Teeth are another body part that has plummeted in value. Historically, selling your teeth was considered a kind of side hustle when times got super hard. The harvested human teeth were used to create guess what? Dentures. With the advent of artificial teeth, the price for real human teeth has seen a rapid decline.

Brain: $150

I for real expected this organ to fetch a much a higher price. According to research, the human brain can store over 100 TB of data but because science hasn’t quite figured out a way to transplant them efficiently . . . the going rate is kinda low.

Hand And Forearm: (Must be sold together) $385

The human hand is one of the most fascinating pieces of the body in this author’s opinion and the hand fetches a higher price than the human brain which was surprising. The hand MUST BE sold with an attached forearm otherwise the value drops. It’s like buying a board game and not all of the pieces are in it otherwise.

Science uses the hand and forearm for exhibition and research.

Stomach: $500

The stomach is on the cheap end as far as human body parts go both on the legal end and on the not so legal end. One would suppose it is due to surgical advancements on the part of gastroenterologists who are able to bypass large parts of the stomach for bariatric and other patients.

Shoulder: $500

The shoulder is more valuable than the hand and forearm; I’m not quite sure why. The shoulder is used for exhibition and research purposes much like the hands.

Spleen: $508

The spleen is one of those organs like the appendix, that you can live without. The spleen does however have more functions than the appendix does and therefore fetches a higher price.

Sperm (live): $600

Sperm can be donated in almost any major city. Price goes for between $400-$800 per donation so I put $600 as median. Sperm can be used for research and fertility treatments. So any of y’all lesbian couples who has asked one of my dudes to donate for free . . . we gonna need our payments please.

Scalp: $607

Scalp is used for transplantations for brain surgeries and it is fast growing. That’s right people, your scalp is more valuable to science than your actual brain. WTF.

Skull With Teeth: $1,200

The research says that science uses these for display. I’m not writing anything else about it. Yep, I’m not stupid.

Gall Bladder: $1,219

The gall bladder is another one of those organs that many people have removed at some point in their lives. Now you know how much it could sell for.

Human Hair: $1,450

Used primarily for wigs, human hair is super valuable and because you can grow more, can be very lucrative depending upon length, health, and whether or not it is chemically treated or not.

Eyeballs (WITH cornea): $1,500

Please note that the eyeball must contain the original cornea to get full market value otherwise the price drops dramatically. Science uses these for research.

Coronary Artery: $1,525

Being one of the largest blood transportation organs in the human body, the coronary artery fetches a fairly high value. These are used for research and for transplants.

Small Intestine: $2,519

One of the biggest organs in the body, it is named the small intestine for it’s diameter, not it’s length. The small intestine is used for nutrient absorption and is valued for research and transplants alike.

Blood: $3,370

Note this price is for all ten pints of blood that a human body holds at any given time. One pint therefore fetches a lower value. Maybe next time you get that free tshirt you might ask for a little more at the blood donation cart in front of Walmart?

This blood is used for transfusions and the plasma component is used to develop medicine although plasma is typically sold separately from regular blood.

Interesting fact, blood has to be used within 31 days from harvest or it expires.

Testicles (One Pair Of Two): $5,000

This is a ball park price for testicles. Primarily used for research purposes, it is said that the demand for testicles is fairly low in comparison to other high value body parts.

Bones & Ligaments: $5,000

These are used for research and for display. This is for separate bones and ligaments not sold as an entire skeleton.

Entire Skeleton: $7,500

Used in labs and museums (for display, yeah you read that right), an entire human skeleton goes for about 7.5 bands you will need all bones in order to fetch that price and all of them need to be in tact.

Egg (1): $8,000

The human female is born with a finite amount of eggs while the human male continues to produce sperm regularly until death. This is the price PER human egg which I must say has gone down in value since the early 2000s. They used to fetch around $10K per egg when some of my girlfriends were doing that. The egg is used for research by primarily for fertility donation.

Cornea (per cornea): $19,200

The cornea is the most important part of the eye and is also the most likely to experience damage or defectiveness. Corneas are used for research but primarily for transplants. I also want to stress here, the price is per cornea.

Bone Marrow: $23,700 (per gram my homie)

Bone marrow is contained within the bones and is responsible for blood cell creation. Bone marrow commands a whopping $23,700 PER GRAM of marrow. And here we thought only other things were sold in grams. Bone marrow is used for transplants and there is a large demand for it.

Skin: $30,000

Skin is the largest organ in/on the human body. The 30 bands mark is for the average human size, keep in mind that smaller bodies have less skin and therefore command smaller prices. Likewise, larger bodies have more skin and command higher prices. I am not 100% certain, but after researching, I want to include that this price point is not just for surface skin but also for the layers of dermis beneath the outer skin.

Skin is used primarily for burn victims and is transplanted.

Penis: $75,000

One penis is 75 bands. Penises (Penii?) can be transplanted . . . I had no idea. So if you have a penis lying around . . . it’s worth more than most people earn in a year. Just saying. Not suggesting nor condoning penis harvesting.

Surrogate Womb (rental not ownership): $100,000

In order to rent a womb, the cost is around $100,000 per rental. This includes the surrogate being put under and having a fertilized egg surgically implanted. From there, the surrogate will house the fetus until giving birth at which point the fetus goes to the parents. Surrogacy is becoming a high demand item and due to it’s long process, risk, and demand, fetches a six figure price tag.

Pancreas: $110,000

The pancreas is responsible for producing insulin which is the hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. At the time of writing, a pancreas is worth a little over six figures, however, I expect that price to drop over time due to innovations with creating synthetic pancreas.

Kidney: $138,700

You have two of them and only need one to live. Just sayin’ people. Kidneys are responsible for filtering waste out of the bloodstream and the body. Kidneys are used for transplants. In fact, kidneys are THE most transplanted organ.

Liver: $157,000

The liver is responsible for regulating blood chemicals. The demand for liver transplants is high due to liver failure that is prevalent in most of the western world due to high alcohol consumption.

Lung: $272,000

This is a per lung price and one must note that it is for a nonsmoker’s lung. Not cigarettes, not vape, not weed. No smoking. Not ever. A smoker’s lung plummets in value to $40,000 per lung.

Large Intestine (Colon): $800,000

The large intestine is responsible for removing water from the digestive tract before being expelled as waste. The procedure for harvesting the large intestine is quite complicated so it fetches a high price. Large intestines are primarily used for transplants.

Heart: $1,050,000

Human heart is worth over a million and is used primarily for transplants and research.

Entire Human Body Including All Organs, Bones, Muscles, Ligaments, Etc: $45,000,000

That’s right. $45 million. That is assuming that all organs and parts can be successfully harvested.

Final Thoughts and Disclaimers:

Sale without going through the proper LEGAL channels of human body parts is illegal in virtually every country on the globe. With a value of $45 million aggregate, keep that in mind when you sign your driver’s license. What are the states/hospitals doing with all of that money? Because the donors don’t get the organs for free even if they are donated. But I will let you, the reader, be the judge.

Dark web prices differ from these posted legal prices and under no circumstances does this piece infer or encourage the usage of the dark web or any illegal activity.



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