Sought-after vomit sells for £11,000
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