This remarkable fossil of one of the largest animals ever to have walked the Earth becomes the first large dinosaur skeleton to be offered at auction in the UK at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, West Sussex, on November 27.
The skeleton of a 56ft (17m) long Diplodocus
Longus carries an estimate of £400,000-600,000 as part of Summers
Place's inaugural Evolution sale.
Relatively complete diplodocus skeletons are
rare and this specimen, a mere 150 million years old, joins only a
handful of other known examples. Even the famous 'Dippy' in the
Natural History Museum is a plaster copy taken from an original in
the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, which was
itself composed from at least two different skeletons.
This female diplodocus, nicknamed Misty, was
found by the children of the celebrated dinosaur hunter Raimund
Albersdoerfer near to the famous, privately owned Dana quarry in
Wyoming and prepped at a leading fossil laboratory in Holland
before being assembled in the UK.
The Evolution sale is being curated by
natural history expert Errol Fuller whose most recent book,
Drawn from Paradise, co-authored with Sir David
Attenborough, charts the discovery and history of birds of paradise
and the art associated with them.
He is chairman of the Natural History
vetting committees for many of the leading London antiques fairs
including Olympia, LAPADA and the Battersea Decorative Fair.