Prehistoric pieces and Meteorites has always been in huge demands at the auctions, as we have earlier seen that collectors paid great amounts to get specimens like Tyrannosaurus rex STAN Skeleton, the world’s largest set of shark jaws, and the world's famous meteorites, as their collectible. Even the Hollywood star, Nicolas Cage collectibles includes a dinosaur’s skull which he bought for $276,000. And, for the collectors who still have been looking for some rare and once-in-a-lifetime specimens’ of meteorites and pre-historic pieces, can now own at the I.M Chait’s Natural History Sales, scheduled to be held on May 6 at Beverly Hills, California.
Naturally, no meteorite auction would be complete without some specimens from red planet Mars. The spectacular and extraordinarily rare meteorite from the Mars that landed in an African desert on 18 July last year, which probably took over hundreds of millions of years to travel from planet Mars to Earth is the notable highlight of the auction. As a reference to the name of Moroccan town where the Oued Draa valley nomads found this stone, after it made its dramatic landing, it is known as the Tissint Meteorite. According to the meteorilogical experts, less than 0.1% of all the known meteorites are recorded to be originated from Mars, making apparent that meteorites from the red planet are very rare. Further, the freshness of the Tissint makes it a very significant meteorite, as it has not been contaminated by earth’s soil, bacteria or water. Described as truly a superb specimen weighing 10.5 oz, the Tissint Meteorite is expected to fetch an estimated price of $200,000 to $300,000 at the auction.
Another Mars meteorite offered is the one recovered from the 1911 meteorite shower in Nakhla, Egypt. Proven to have originated from red planet Mars, this black glistening 7.12g piece is expected to garner a total of $8,500 to $11,500.
Some of the notable pre-historic pieces offered at the auction include the two beautiful specimens of ancient dinosaur dung, along with the largest Tyrannosaurus skull. Four feet in length and by far the largest skull ever offered at an auction, the Tyrannosaurus skull is expected to sell for an estimated $250,000 to $300,000.
In addition, the first piece of dinosaur dung which is 65 million years old is a cut and polished slice from Utah, and the second piece measuring about 5 inches long is an estimated 20 million years old, founded in Washington, are expected to sell for $400-$600 each at auction.
Another notable specimen offered at the auction is the Triceratops skull, which was held in a private collection for many years. This fairly complete skull with a restored frill, measuring nearly seven feet long from the back of the frill to the top of its beak is expected to fetch a total of $125,000 to $175,000 at the auction.
Appropriate for the Year of the Dragon and the Chinese collectors, the I.M Chait auction is also offering a fossilized skull of a creature, now known as an Ankylosaurid, but originally thought to have been a dragon. The skull’s large spikes, cranial protrusions on the board, flat-topped skull and long snout, certainly suggest a physiognomy like of a dragon. This fossilized skull is being offered at a pre-sale estimated price of $30,000 to $40,000.
In addition, a number of taxidermied animals and insects will also be auctioned. Particularly, a pair of large-size mosquitoes captured in amber resin while in the act of mating could realize for $500-$700. The 2 ¼ inch long golden-orange Baltic origin specimen has been described as “perfect snapshot of prehistoric life.”
Around 2 million years’ old and 16-inch long ‘panda’ skull, founded in central Asia is also being offered at the auction. The skull mounted with jaws agape displays outstanding 3-dimensional fine bone texture and coloration, and will be sold for estimated price of $65,000 to$80,000.
Also, a superb Saurolophus angustirostris, known as ‘Donald the Duck-billed Dinosaur’ has made a dramatic last minute entry in to the I.M Chait’s Natural History Sales, and it is expected that it might steal the show to be held on May 6 at Beverly Hills, California. Dating to the late Cretaceous period, Saurolophus angustirostris is described to have inhabited more than one continent, and was found in both Asia and North America.