Arrow Fat Left Icon Arrow Fat Right Icon Arrow Right Icon Cart Icon Close Circle Icon Expand Arrows Icon Facebook Icon Pinterest Icon Twitter Icon Youtube Icon Hamburger Icon Information Icon Down Arrow Icon Mail Icon Mini Cart Icon Person Icon Ruler Icon Search Icon Shirt Icon Triangle Icon Bag Icon Play Video
  • £22k for Yogi's frosty great uncle
  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
  • forfrostyYogi's�22k

£22k for Yogi's frosty great uncle

A huge (8' 6" or 2m 60cm tall) skeleton of an ice-age bear has come up for auction at Bonhams. The example of ursus spelaeus, which was uncovered in the Carpathian Mountains, Romania, dates from an Ice Age 50,000-100,000 years ago.

The bear's shoulders and hips have required reconstruction. Nevertheless, this is a very impressive specimen, and is estimated at £18,000-22,000.

Ice Age cave bear fossil skeleton
Ice Age cave bear

Fossils proved to be a strong area of collectibles in 2009. The greatest prices were reserved for dinosaurs, with a T. Rex skeleton selling for $5m and a duckbilled dinosaur for $440,000.

However, there was also the record breaking sale of a mammoth (nicknamed 'Olaf') for €302,440 ($444,680 or £280,373) in September. Even a non-fossilised egg from an elephant bird (which became extinct a few centuries ago sold for €25,000.

Bonhams' auction takes place in London on January 20.

Collectors interested in fossils may also be interested to know that a series of fossils including the skull of a protoceratops, thought to have inspired the myth of griffins, are coming up for sale at Heritage Auctions.

 

Images: Bonhams 


  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
  • forfrostyYogi's�22k