Superb saber-tooth tiger skeleton, massive gold nugget lead I.M. Chait May 4 Natural History Auction The finest known example of a saber-tooth tiger skeleton and a hefty Australian gold nugget join ancient fossils, meteorites and mineral specimens in I.M. Chait's May 4 Natural History Auction.
Argentina. Weighing approximately 78.4kg, it is estimated at $18,000-$22,000.
Among the more curious items on offer are an ancient mummified foot from Middle Egypt (Lot 200), est. $5,000-$7,000; and a collection of naturally colored and fossilized dung (Lot 300) from the Wilkes Formation in Washington state. Consisting of five excellent dung specimens ranging in color from gray and woody brown to burnt umber, deep purple and red, the group lot is entered with expectations of making $2,500-$3,500.
From big cats to woolly rhinos, I.M. Chaitís 326-lot May 4 auction has the prehistoric category amply covered with an expertly cataloged selection of fossilized skeletons and skulls. With the addition of pulse-quickening minerals, gems and several natural oddities for good measure, itís shaping up to be an event that will fascinate connoisseurs and evolving collectors, alike.
I.M. Chaitís Important Natural History Auction will take place at the Chait gallery on Saturday, May 4, commencing at 1 p.m. Pacific Time. The gallery is located at 9330 Civic Center Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers.com and Artfact.com.
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Gold nugget with natural quartz containing 3100g (99.67 ozt) of gold, origin central Victoria, Australia. Estimate $275,000-325,000. I.M. Chait image.