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Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 07/21/2011

Arlington’s 18-foot topless mermaid can be yours for $3,000

D.G. the mermaid, as seen from its owners’ house in Arlington. Now she can be yours, and face any way you like. If the neighbors are okay with that. (JOEL RICHARDSON/THE WASHINGTON POST)
She emerged not from the sea, but from a large, dying white ash tree in the front yard of Paul and Nancy Jackson, on Lee Highway in Arlington. And when carving artist Scott Dustin was finished with the tree, an 18-foot topless mermaid — extremely topless, some might say — was the landmark result, attracting sightseers from far and wide and mention in Roadside’s list of offbeat tourist attractions.

The Post’s Laura Sessions Stepp chronicled the busty mermaid’s journey to infamy in 2004, and now reports that the buxom lass is for sale. Paul Jackson has placed an ad on Craigslist, saying that her roots (in the ground, not her hair) are weakening, and that the “Buyer is responsible for ‘slicing her off’ and transporting her to her new home.”

She’s named “D.G.,” for Damaged Goods, and she still stands in the 6200 block of Lee Highway. Potential buyers and gawkers should probably move quickly.

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