Triceratops skull auctions for $302,500 at Christie's Out of the Ordinary sale


2015-06-26 13:24:56


Triceratops skull auctions for $302,500 at Christie's Out of the Ordinary sale

The rare complete Triceratops skull was the star of a bizarre auction in London

A rare complete skull of a Triceratops has provided the top lot at Christie's Out of the Ordinary auction in London.

Triceratops skull Christie'sThe 193,875 Triceratops skull top-performed

The skull, discovered at the Hell Creek Formation in Montana, sold within estimate for 193,875 ($302,445) at the September 5 auction, which also featured a 9,375 ($14,625) single Tyrannosaurs Rex tooth.

The results continue the good form for dinosaur auctions of late, including a set of Tyrannosaurs Rex teeth, which made $86,500 in May.

Francis Bacon paintbrushes auctionFrancis Bacons eight paintbrushes made 25,000

An elephant bird egg also sold well among the collection of unusual objects to cross the block. The pre-17th century item made 67,875 ($105,885), 35.8% above its 50,000 high estimate.

A set of artist Francis Bacon's paintbrushes, estimated at 25,000 ($38,515), sold for 33,750.

Bacon gave the circa 1969 paintbrushes, which had never appeared at auction previously, to fellow artist Clive Barker in 1978.

An ornithopter "flying machine" also put in a strong performance.

The "Waxflatter", which featured in Steven Spielberg's 1985 film Young Sherlock Holmes, sold within estimate for 55,875 ($87,165).

Cygan, an Italian eight foot tall robot produced in 1957, more than doubled its 8,000 high estimate to make 17,500 ($27,300).

Sherlock Holmes ornithopterA new commuting option? The ornithopter sold for 55,875

Charlotte Young, the head of the sale, commented: "We were pleased to see activity from new buyers as well as known collectors, bringing the sale total to over 1.2 million. It has been a great pleasure to curate a sale with so many unusual and visually striking items. "

You can check out Paul Fraser Collectibles' unique items for sale here.

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