Dodo bids fly to £346,000

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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.

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