Rare urchin eBay sale

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

DRAPED in warm hues of cream and purple, the Coelo­pleu­rus exquisi­tus urchin is a daz­zling ocean crea­ture. But ma­rine bi­ol­o­gists did not dis­cover it by ex­plor­ing the open sea. In­stead they found it on eBay.

The Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum in Lon­don de­ter­mined a spec­i­men be­ing sold on eBay by a spe­cialised col­lec­tor came from a species pre­vi­ously un­known. The col­lec­tor of­fered it at a start­ing price of $9.50 (about R124). It sold for $138 (about R1 800).You won’t get rich sell­ing to sci­ence. – Auc­tions Writer

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