Dodo bids fly to £346,000
THE first near-complete skeleton of a dodo to come up for sale in nearly 100 years has sold for a total of £346,300 at auction.
The 95 per cent finished composite skeleton had been painstakingly constructed by a man who started buying bones from private collections and auctions in the 1970s.
The collector decided to part with the item, and it fetched a hammer price of £280,000, or £346,300 with buyers’ premium, at Summers Place Auctions as part of its fourth Evolution sale in Billingshurst, West Sussex, yesterday.
Errol Fuller, natural history curator at Summers Place Auctions, said the piece was an “amazingly rare” example of “one of the great icons of extinction”.
Dodos grew to up to three-foot tall and were flightless birds, with pigeons as their closest relatives.