Heritage Auctions Natural History Department



2015-06-26 11:02:36

Heritage Auction Natural History Department is the department of Heritage Auction Galleries which specialises in items relating to natural history.


The director of natural history at Heritage Auctions is David Herskowitz. Before he began conducting natural history auctions in New York City, Herskowitz owned a business importing amber specimens.

Peter Wiggins is the assistant director of natural history at Heritage. He oversees daily operations of the division and is involved with catalog production, auction operations, client service and consignment coordinations.

Wiggins and Herskowitz work together to make Heritage Auctions the leader in natural history auctions.

Notable sales

In January 2008, the largest surviving natural gold nugget ever found in the Western Hemisphere, the “Boot of Cortez”, was sold at a Heritage sale for $1,314,500. The nugget weighed 389.4 troy ounces.

A rare sabre tooth tiger skull was featured at a Heritage auction in May 2009. The incredible item was sold for $334,600.

A large rare slab of marra mamba tiger’s eye measuring 67” x 20” x 1” was sold for $215,100 at a Heritage Auctions sale on 7 June 2008.

On 19 January 2008, a complete sabre-tooth cat skeleton was sold at a Heritage Auctions sale for $101,575.

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