If you start thinking about the auctions you heard of or went to, perhaps none of them is rarest than this one: a dodo skeleton auction. A British collector almost completed the skeleton of a dodo bird and now wants to find the best buyer. Are you interested?
Dodo birds are now extinct, and a complete skeleton is a rare thing nowadays. For the moment, it belongs to a private collector, who had been gathering the bones for almost a decade, between 1970 and 1980, and eventually managed to put them together. Specialists say that the dodo skeleton is 95% complete, with only two pieces missing, one of the skull, and the other in one of the claws.
The selling of the dodo skeleton is a remarkable event, as it hasn’t occurred for a century, since 1914, when the last such skeleton was sold.
No price can be estimated for the remarkable collection item, as prices are usually determined based on the value of similar items already on the market or the sale. However, it is not hard to predict it will involve a significant amount of money.
The Independent reported that the auction would take place in the United Kingdom, at the Summer Place Auction.
Rupert van der Werff, who is in charge of the stated sale, also declared for The Independent:
“The rarity and completeness of this specimen cannot be over emphasized, and it provides a unique opportunity for an individual or an institution to own a specimen of this great icon of extinction.”
Dodo birds come from the island of Mauritius and they are large sized birds, reaching 1 meter tall and weighing between 10 and 20 kilograms. However, they were not able to fly or swim, although they are related to some types of nowadays pigeons. The fact that they were such gawky, heavy birds gained them the reputation of clumsy creatures.
Paleontologist Leon Claessens (College of the Holy Cross) told The Christian Science Monitor on a previous occasion:
“Even though the dodo has this cultural stigma to it of being clumsy and an evolutionary failure destined for doom, I would say no. This was an organism perfectly adapted to life on Mauritius, but nobody is going to survive having the ecosystem disrupted at tremendously heavy rates.”
Either way, dodo birds remain fascinating, and soon someone will be lucky enough to be the owner of the mighty skeleton.
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