Nelson and southern Albemarle have been abuzz the past few days with word of an unusual item being seized before it could be auctioned off at a property sale: a WWII-era floor lamp with a shade made of human skin. Before it could be sold, a sharp-eyed investigator at the Nelson Sheriff’s office saw the auction notice in the newspaper and prevented the illegal sale of the lampshade, should it actually be made of human remains. Now its owner would like for the Holocaust Museum to test it, to see if it’s real. Odds are slim: it has long been rumored that the Nazis made lampshades out of human skin, but one has never turned up. Claudia Pinto has the story in today’s Progress.