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Does That Bagel Have Sentimental Value? Get It Bronzed!

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A bronzed and mounted jockstrap becomes a sales award for an employee of a sports equipment company. (Courtesy of the Bronzery )

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This bronzed lobster tail commemorates the dinner over which its owner, who could not be reached for comment, became engaged to her boyfriend. (Courtesy of the Bronzery)

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Military boots are some of the most popular items that people send in to have bronzed. (Courtesy of the Bronzery)

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The students of USA Karate in Shoreline, Wash. had this karate belt, or obi, bronzed and mounted before presenting it to the founder and sensei of the school as a token of gratitude. (Courtesy of the Bronzery)

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A lobster tail, a jockstrap and 30 rubber ducks--all are examples of peculiar items that people have had bronzed. Many unexpected items, as well as the ever-popular baby shoe, go into the bronzing vat and emerge as mementos and corporate awards.