PRECIOUS BONES

Saber-toothed tiger. Skull. Pleistocene epoch. Estimate €45 000. Christie's. Mobilier et Objets d'Art, Orfèvrerie, Céramiques Européennes et Verre, Tableaux Anciens et du 19ème siècle et un Ensemble d'Objets d'Histoire Naturelle. Paris, April 16

On April 16, Christie’s will held the sales named Mobilier et Objets d’Art, Orfèvrerie, Céramiques Européennes et Verre, Tableaux Anciens et du 19ème siècle et un Ensemble d’Objets d’Histoire Naturelle. The auction will represent pieces of furniture, jewelry, ceramic, glass and painting from the antiquities to the articles of the 19th century. Auctioneers will also have an opportunity to see exhibits of natural history.

As Christie’s experts expect the central lot is to be a complete skeleton of triceratops estimated at €500 000. This is a first example of such kind at auctions. In 1997 a skeleton of tyrannosaurus called Sue was sold for record $8 400 000 price. In spite of Sue triceratops has no name. A future owner can be able to give him it.

If potential buyer has no opportunity to place a skeleton of huge herbivorous pangolin he will be offered hardened egg of argentynosaurus for €25 000, skull of admontosaurus for €80 000 or two meters calf-bone of brachiosaurus estimated at €20 000.

Among other highlights of natural resources is the saved skull of saber-toothed tiger from China (estimate €45 000) and a skull of its contemporary, a huge brown bear estimated at €4000. Another interesting lot is a hardened egg of aepyornis, a bird-elephant. The egg of a big bird without wings with extremely powerful legs is estimated at €30 000.

Another interesting lot is ancient meteorite found near Seymchan village of Magadan region. It is estimated at €200 000.

These are the second sales of French department of Christie’s dedicated to natural history. The first auction which took place last year totaled at €1 000 000. This fact made paleontologists anxious that sold representatives of ancient fauna will be beyond the reach for scientific researches.

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