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Entire family of mammoths goes on sale

By T.K. Randall
November 21, 2017 · Comment icon 7 comments



Most mammoths disappeared around 10,000 years ago. Image Credit: Charles Robert Knight
The skeletons, which include a one-year-old baby, were discovered by builders in Siberia 15 years ago.
For the first time ever, museums are being offered the opportunity to exhibit an entire family of woolly mammoth skeletons thanks to an auction taking place in West Sussex, England today.

The prehistoric family consists of an adult male and female, an infant aged 8 or 9 and a young baby.
According to Summers Place natural history specialist Rupert van der Werff, the mammoths arrived at the auction house in 16 crates and had to be assembled 'like a difficult 3D puzzle'.

The sale had been expected to fetch somewhere in the region of $500,000, however despite significant interest from museums the exhibit has yet to find a buyer.


"Sadly, although there had been interest, none of the museums had managed to get the required funding in time and felt they were unable to bid," said Summers Place curator Errol Fuller.

Source: Sky News | Comments (7)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by _KB_ 5 years ago
... wow... i'd expect for it to cost a little more, i mean rich folk spend more money on cars... this only costs about the same as a Rolls-Royce Phantom... and still no one bought it
Comment icon #2 Posted by third_eye 5 years ago
Nobody could find any space to house them ... ~
Comment icon #3 Posted by Myles 5 years ago
It would be very cool to have if you were rich and had the space. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by thefourthhaunting 5 years ago
Only $500.000? I was expecting somewhere in the $1mil plus range...
Comment icon #5 Posted by Still Waters 5 years ago
That would be a very interesting exhibit to see.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Ozfactor 5 years ago
Michael would have purchased it 
Comment icon #7 Posted by _KB_ 5 years ago
Heck if i was rich i would have purchased it and put it on display somewhere in my house


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