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Garden & Natural History Auction 7th and 8th June 2016

This is Lot Number 1

A fossil Pecten plaque

Estimated Price:
£800 - £1,200

Hammer Price:
£2,300

Miocene
80cm.; 31�ins wide

Provenance: Emmen Zoo Collection

The following 183 Lots are being offered for sale on behalf of the celebrated Emmen Zoo in the far north of Holland. Alongside its living inhabitants, the zoo established a museum to chart the evolution of life through the fossil record, and this museum contained a remarkably wide range of specimens. Formed primarily in the 1980~s and early 90~s, many of the exhibits were acquired when certain fossils were more freely available than they are today. Indeed, some of the specimens being offered represent a chance to acquire fossils that are no longer allowed to be exported from their native countries. Backed by the financial power of the zoo, the museum was able to buy the best specimens that could be found.

Today, a new much larger and far more modern zoo has been built on the edge of the Emmen city centre where the animals are re-housed in more spacious and more natural surroundings. With this change in focus, the museum - sadly - did not fit into a new ~wildlands~ concept, and so a reluctant decision was made to sell its contents along with many of the watercolour illustrations that were used for the production of literature and museum signs. These extraordinary watercolour and pen and ink drawings will be offered in two parts, the first in this auction and the remainder in September. Most of the lots, unless otherwise stated, are being offered on a no reserve basis which will add to the excitement of this extraordinary auction with its collection of truly rare and important specimens.

This is Lot Number 1

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