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As Deadly Expensive As A Dodo

Christie’s to auction the only near complete Dodo skeleton in private hands in May; the price is anything but ‘as dead as a Dodo’

A near-complete Dodo skeleton from Mauritius is to be sold at Christie’s next month with a quite staggering estimate of £400,000 to £600,000 ($517,000 to $775,000, €463,000 to €694,000 or درهم1.9 million to درهم2.8 million).

 

Dated before 1690 and including fossilized bones from various dodo remains found in the Mauritian marshland Mare-aux-Songes, combined with rare unfossilised found by a naturalist named Etienne Thirox around the turn of the 19th century, this is the only example of a near-complete specimen still in private hands.

 

Of the bird’s diet, call and habits almost nothing is known, but of it, Christie’s remark: “It remains one of the most iconic birds ever to have lived.”

 

Christie’s will sell the Dodo on 24th May at their King Street, St. James’s, London saleroom as part of their ‘Science & Natural History’ sale. Perhaps the equally near extinct Theresa May ought to put in a bid.

 

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