Rare prehistoric specimens set to dazzle in Dallas auction



2016-10-31 14:47:03

Prehistoric specimens, dazzling natural gemstones and out-of-this-world meteors are heading for the auction block in Dallas.

Amongst the leading lots is a complete, museum-quality Prehistoric Mammoth tusk which comes with an estimate of $25,000-$35,000.

Measuring an enormous 83.5 inches (212 cm) on the curve, the tusk was discovered in Alaska and is regarded as an "unparalleled" example.

"The tusk is absolutely suitable for the advanced collector or even for someone seeking a statement piece for their office or home," said Craig Kissick, Director of Nature & Science at Heritage Auctions. "The entire auction is filled with amazing finds like this — works of art from the Earth."

(Images: Heritage Auctions)

(Images: Heritage Auctions)

Another remarkably rare item up for grabs is an Amber specimen containing a lizard trapped for eternity. Dating from the Eocene Period, more than 33 million years ago, the "world class" example is estimated at $60,000-$80,000.

According to Heritage, "inclusions are typically only found in about ten percent of Amber specimens, [and] any rare vertebrate like this is a paleontological treasure. There are not enough superlatives to do this piece justice - it really does have to be seen to be believed!"

Leading geological specimens on offer will include a fossilized Gem Ammonite from the Late Cretaceous Period, 66 million years ago, estimated at $20,000+; a large 14.83 troy ounce Gold Nugget from Alaska, estimated at $30,000; a Large Tiger's Eye Sphere from Western Australia priced at $15,000+; and a massive, 62.465 carat Tourmaline Gemstone from Namibia, estimated at $15,000.

And for collectors seeking something a little more unearthly, there are meteorites including an End Cut of the Admire Meteorite, discovered in Lyon County, Kansas estimated at $10,000; and a 19.18-pound example of the iron Gibeon Meteorite, estimated at $12,000.

The Heritage Auctions Nature & Science Auction takes place in Dallas on November 3.

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