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Fossilized elephant bird sold for $100000

Fossilized elephant bird sold for $100000

Are you interested in antiques? How much can you spend on a fossil egg? Have you an idea of spending more than $100000 on a fossilized elephant bird egg? Your answer will be in negative if you are a middle-class individual. But there are a lot of people who may spend more than this on their hobby. It is possible when you have bucks in your pocket. Here is the story of an auction of a fossilized egg which was sold for more than $100000 in the sale. It was surely bought by a lover of fossils and elephant eggs. We may think.

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Auction at Christie, s
On Wednesday morning, the egg was sold for more than three times what was expected. House was hoping to grab much lesser amount just in thousands but unexpectedly it went on, and the auction house was able to take it to $100000. In pounds, it was 66675.
The wealthy collectors and individual fans of fossil and antiques defeated the museums and galleries. Reason for this higher price is that the elephant birds eggs are extremely rare and rich lovers of elephant eggs are crazy for collecting unique things. So it was an opportunity for them to grab this precious egg.

Madagascar- the home of species
These species belong to Madagascar, which is an island country in the East coast of Africa. It was the real home of the elephant birds. Elephant bird is the giant bird that ever lived in this world. It was famous for laying huge eggs. It was estimated that 120 chicken eggs could be placed in it. This jumbo size was astonishing for antique researcher and lovers. It bird was cruelly and extremely hunted, and it went to extinction between 300 to 400 years ago. So the specify is no more now and its fossilized eggs are rare.

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Different viewpoints
Elizabeth Palmer, a reporter, is of the view that it is a dangerous thing to sell and buy these extinct species and eggs so expensive. It will only let people search and grab these natural things from nature. This is the main reason for the extinction of this species, and we should not buy such expensive items which are already extinct. It will only lead to more hunt and finish these things from the face of the earth.
There is another school of thought, James Highslope, who is head of travel and natural history at Christie’s auction house, does not agree with this idea. He says Madagascar has strict control over fossilized eggs and it checks the smuggling of these eggs.
No new specimen
It means that there is no egg and fossil of this species is up for auction soon. It fossil egg was in its perfect shape and texture. It was legally bought for sale, and it is a special prize for elephant bird lovers.
It bid was won by phone, so the winner is not known. There are a lot more collections already in museums.