Summers Place Auctions in Sussex recently sold a skeleton of the extinct dodo bird at its Evolution auction, the fourth in its series of sales, according to the Antiques Trade Gazette.
The rare bird, which was hunted to extinction in the 17th century — sold for £280,000 (roughly $347,760) to a private collector over the phone. While that may seem like a tidy sum for a dead bird, the sale proved a disappointment for the auction house,which estimated it’s value at £500,000.
The specimen is believed to be the first composite skeleton pieced together since the early 20th century, and it is 95 percent complete. [ATG]