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
  • Elephant bird egg auction nets $19,763 at Christie's
  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
  • auctionbirdeggElephant

Elephant bird egg auction nets $19,763 at Christie's

A rare elephant bird egg was among the more unusual lots to sell at Christie's Interiors: Style and Spirit auction on May 22 in London.

Estimated at £10,000-15,000, the pre-17th century, 12.5-inch high specimen sold for £12,500 ($19,763).

Elephant bird egg
An elephant bird egg is 160 times
larger than a chicken's

The elephant bird, a native of Madagascar, could grow to twice the height of a man and was the largest bird to have ever lived. It was capable of producing eggs 160 times larger than those of a chicken. It became extinct in the 17th century. 

The auction follows the $53,125 sale of another elephant bird egg at Heritage Auctions on May 20, evidence that the market for these unusual specimens is strong.

The Christie's auction also featured a pair of double curved woolly mammoth tusks, which sold within estimate at £15,000.

The 55-inch specimens once belonged to a mammuthus primigeniu and have been dated to between 110,000 BC and 10,000 BC,

"Dark in colour, apparently due to the diet of this particular mammoth, a complete pair has not been offered at Christie's in recent memory," the auction house commented.

Mammoths died out in around 1,700 BC. A single tusk sold at Christie's in September 2011 for £7,500.

Collectible extinct artefacts from Earth's long history are a major draw to collectors around the world; a tyrannosaurus bataar dinosaur skeleton sold for $1.1m earlier in the week.

To keep abreast of the latest from the world of unique collectibles, make sure you sign up for our free weekly newsletter.


  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
  • auctionbirdeggElephant