Sought-af­ter vomit sells for £11,000

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A HIGHLY-PRIZED piece of whale vomit sold for £11,000 at auc­tion – some £4,000 above the ask­ing price.

The foul smelling lump of rock, also known as am­ber­gris, was auc­tioned in Mac­cles­field af­ter it was found by a dog walker on An­gle­sey Beach.

It went un­der the ham­mer at Adam Par­tridge Auc­tion­eers, on Withy­fold Drive, and was bought by an anony­mous phone bid­der from France af­ter a two-way fight with an in­ter­net bid­der.

Oliver Han­cock, from the auc­tion­eers, said: “It was pretty busy with about 50 peo­ple and two TV crews in the room.

“A lot of peo­ple were bid­ding and a lot of peo­ple wanted to see it sell.”

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

It is used in the per­fume in­dus­try, mak­ing it very valu­able, which is why auc­tion­eer Chris Sur­fleet slapped an es­ti­mate of £5,000-£7,000 on the lump weigh­ing just over a kilo­gram and mea­sur­ing lit­tle more than eight inches long.

Mr Han­cock said: “You get more mod­ern ones that are not as rocky. This one has been in the sea a long time, about 50 years.”

●● The am­ber­gris

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