LONDON – Christie’s has announced it will auction a near-complete dodo skeleton from Mauritius, dated before 1690. It is the star attraction of their Science and Natural History auction, which will take place on May 24 in London.
Rare and in great condition, this skeleton is composed of fossilized bones from various dodo remains found in the Mauritian marshland Mare-aux-Songes, combined with rare unfossilized bones found by Etienne Thirioux, a Mauritian naturalist active around the turn of the 19th century.
This specimen is the only near-complete dodo skeleton to have been assembled in the 19th century and still in private hands. The pre-sale estimate is £400,000 – £600,000.
Further highlights of the auction include an important and fully adult ichthyosaur, the largest swimming dinosaur fossil ever offered at auction (estimate: £300,000 – £500,000), alongside a T-rex tooth, an elephant bird egg, as well as an important array of meteorites and science instruments. The sale is expected to realize in excess of £2 million.
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