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Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, near Horsham, will sell one-of-its-kind skeleton of a woolly mammoth at its second Evolution sale on November 26. Officials associated with the auction believe that it may be the first time that a woolly mammoth will be auctioned in Britain.
It is considered to be a rare skeleton, as it is virtually complete and even has tusks. One or two toes are missing. The specimen that stands 3.5 metres tall and is 5.5 metres long could be sold for between 150,000 and 250,000 pounds.
The skeleton may have been a male and had walked on the earth during the Ice Age and died around 10,000 years ago. The woolly mammoth co-existed with early humans, who hunted them for food and used their tusks for making art. Errol Fuller, curator of the auction, shared that it was not easy to put together the mammoth skeleton as its skull is quite heavy.
"It has been in a disassembled state for decades, I believe, but it has been put together in this mounted position for auction", affirmed Fuller. Summers Place has built a reputation of being one of the world's leading natural history auctioneers.
This might be one of the reasons that the seller of the mammoth would have considered Summers Place to be a good place to sell it. Last year, it sold a diplodocus skeleton for £400,000, which is now present in a museum in Copenhagen.
The skeleton along with a 30cm elephant bird egg and a passenger pigeon will be sold as a part of 'Evolution' sale. The skeleton that weighed up to six tonnes remained a part of private collections in Eastern Europe for many years.
Its size did not allow it to be mounted until now. The rare specimen is expected to grab the attention from museums and private collections across the globe.