Allosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, prehistoric Megaladon shark jaws, June 12, 2011 at Heritage Largest auction of its kind ever, featuring “The Fighting Pair” Allosaurus and Stegosaurus, a near complete Triceratops, a complete duck-billed Maiasaurus, the largest prehistoric Megaladon shark jaws
While the dinosaurs will be center stage in the June 12 Heritage auction, it is the largest set of prehistoric shark jaws ever assembled, from the ferocious Megalodon, the largest predator that has ever existed, that may well steal the show from his land-lubbing cousins. The jaws, when fully assembled, measure an impressive 11 feet across and almost nine-feet tall. It is estimated at $700,000+, and is also currently on display at the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science in Fair Park.
“The Megalodon was a shark that grew up to the length of two freight cars and preyed on whales and other sharks,” said Herskowitz. “This is the biggest Megalodon jaw ever assembled, took 16 years to assemble, and is composed of 182 fine quality fossil teeth up to 7-¼ inches in length. With jaws this size, and an appetite that was hugely voracious, you or I would be no more than an hors d’oeuvre for this monster.”
The majority of the teeth in this specimen were personally collected by the esteemed late Vito Bertucci in the rivers of South Carolina. Bertucci collected Megalodon teeth for more than 20 years and his tireless work is on display in the American Museum of Natural History, the Houston Museum and the Baltimore Aquarium and has been featured in National Geographic World magazine and on the National Geographic Channel. He opened and operated a shark museum in Port Royal, South Carolina before passing away in October of 2004 while diving for Shark Teeth in South Carolina.
Other prehistoric highlights of the auction include a superb Giant Ground Sloth Skeleton, Late Pleistocene, 180,000 to 550,000 years old, estimated at $450,000+; a huge ferocious Dinosaur Age Fish, dating to the Cretaceous period, estimated at $120,000+, and a giant Devonian Armored Fish Skull more than 400 million years old, estimated at $40,000+.
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