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December 30, 2013

The Sale of a Dodo Bones Raises Questions

The safety of our heritage is well assured it? This is the question that arises after the sale, this year, a bone fragment dodo by Christie's auction house in London auctions.The origin and legitimacy of the bone fragment is guaranteed?

Responsible for  Christie's , house London auction, assured: the bone fragment dodo sold this year is " perfectly legitimate origin of . " Questions about the origin and legitimacy of the bone fragment, sold more than £ 8,000 (about Rs 400,000), were then raised.

But the official said there would be a British private collection assembled in the 19th century. "The sale made last April from an old English collection was assembled in the 19th century , "reveals James Hyslop, scientific specialist  at Christie's,  requested by  express . It states that there is a handful of private collectors who have bone fragments dodo worldwide.

Bone sold by  Christie's,  April 24, is, in fact, a fragment of the femur of 10 cm, which cost £ 8,125 or Rs 405,762, depending on the current price. However, the London house estimated its value between £ 10,000 and £ 15,000 (Rs 400 and Rs 499 749 100). The bones date from before 1690 and come from the excavation of 1865 at the Mare aux Songes.

For its part, Emmanuel Richon, curator of the  Blue Penny Museum , indicates that some 3,000 dodo bones that owns the Natural History Museum in Port Louis, from excavations started in 2005 at the Mare aux Songes, would be worth over Rs 2 billion.

 

Text by lexpress.mu
 

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