Whale vomit is auc­tion star lot

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A LUMP of foul-smelling whale vomit is be­ing sold at a Mac­cles­field auc­tion house – with a whop­ping £7,000 price tag.

Be­lieve it or not the stinky mass, which is up for auc­tion at Adam Par­tridge Auc­tion­eers, is a valu­able com­mod­ity to the per­fume in­dus­try as it pro­longs the per­fume’s scent.

Found by a dog walker on an An­gle­sey beach, the vomit – known as am­ber­gris – weighs just over a kilo­gramme and mea­sures lit­tle more than eight inches long.

Chris Sur­fleet, from the auc­tion house on Withy­fold Drive, said: “I’ve never had one like this be­fore at auc­tion. The price re­ceived will be de­pen­dent on the qual­ity.

“Am­ber­gris is formed in a sperm whale’s di­ges­tive sys­tem and is passed ei­ther as vomit or as part of the fae­ces.

“Sci­en­tists be­lieve it is used to coat ir­ri­tat­ing ob­jects in the whale’s in­testines.”

But de­spite its pop­u­lar­ity in the per­fume in­dus­try, Chris said the am­ber­gris is foulsmelling and is be­ing kept in a tem­per­a­ture con­trolled strong-room un­til the auc­tion.

A 6lb lump of am­ber­gris, found on a Lan­cashire beach, sold for £100,000.

The am­ber­gris will be auc­tioned on Septem­ber 25. For more in­for­ma­tion call 01625 431788 or go to adampar­tridge.co.uk.

●● The Whale Vomit – known as am­ber­gris – which is up for auc­tion

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.