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As Deadly Expensive As A Dodo

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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).

 

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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.”

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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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