Commenting on the highly unusual sale, specialist and founder of Curated Auctions, Rachael Osborn-Howard said: “When I began working on this auction some six months ago, the scarce pieces I really wanted to source and include were; a genuine dodo bone, a replica taxidermy dodo, a replica dodo skeleton and a taxidermy unicorn. Fortunately, luck was on my side and all four are featured in this incredible auction”.
The now extinct Dodo was a large ground bird with a plump body, short wings and a large head with a hooked beak. They were found on Mauritius up until the late 17th century, when they died out.
“Dodo bones very rarely come on to the open market and the privileged private collectors who own them are very few,” said Rachel.
The dodo bones in the sale date from before 1690 and include a rib bone, valued at around £800, a toe digit for up to £800 and a vertebrae worth as much as £1,200.