Ready for the next Ice Age?

16/01/2019     Latest News, Natural History

Skeletons of Ice Age animals have proved very popular recently and Summers Place
Auctions are delighted to be able to offer one of the best collections ever to come to
auction. They will be included in the Spring auction on Tuesday, 12th March 2019.

Highlight of the auction will be a Woolly Rhinoceros, which rarely come up for sale. The
extinct species was common throughout Europe and northern Asia during the Pleistocene
epoch and survived until the end of the last glacial period. A typical adult male was 3 to
3.8 metres in length and weighed about 1,800-2,700 kg and could be 2m tall, slightly
larger than the extant white rhino.

Woolly rhinocerous

It had two horns, made of keratin, with the smaller horn between its eyes. It had long
thick fur, small ears, short, thick legs and a stocky body. Its shape was only known from
prehistoric cave paintings until a preserved specimen (missing only fur and hooves) was
discover in Poland and several have been found in Siberia as late as 2015. It is estimated
to sell for £ 60,000 – 100,000.


They lived with Woolly Mammoths, Cave Lions and Cave Bears, Prehistoric Horses etc. -
most became extinct at about the same time possibly due to human hunting, but also due
to climate change. The last Woolly Rhino died in about 8,000 BC.


Summers Place Auctions can offer an almost complete set of Ice Age animals which were
originally displayed in the Museo del Mamut in Barcelona, which shut down in 2016. In
addition to the skeletons, there will also be scientific reproductions of the Woolly Rhino, a
family of four Mammoths and even a cave man, making the Ice Age scene complete. The
Mammoth Museum was a unique hostorical and science museum based in a 13th century
building in one of the oldest parts of the city.


There will also be several Mammoth tusks, Mammoth skin, a Giant Deer and Bison. Top
prices are expected for the Mammoth skeleton at £50,000 – 80,000, the Aurochs at
£10,000 – 15,000 and a Musk Ox at £5,000 – 8,000.

 

For further information on the auction, please visit
www.summersplaceauctions.com or call 01403 331331.


For more press information, images or to interview one of the specialists,
please contact Silke Lohmann:
silke@exclamationpr.co.uk or 07932 618754.


Summers Place Auctions are the world's leading auctioneers of Garden Statuary and Natural History.
The sales are held in the award winning 5,000 sq ft gallery nestling within 6 acres of walled gardens and the arboretum
of the Victorian mansion, Summers Place, outside Billingshurst in West Sussex.


2019 Sales: 12th & 13th March
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