Heritage: Dodo, More Questions

8 years, 8 months ago - April 11, 2014
A fragment of the left femur dodo will be auctioned, Thursday, April 10 in London. This 14 cm long bone will be sold to the highest bidder by Christie's , a company London auction. It is estimated between £10,000 and £15,000, (Rs 500,000 and Rs 750,000).

Meanwhile, what are the Mauritian authorities? Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it was confirmed that "we protested to the authorities through the High Commission in London. We expect a reaction . "

But where is this bone? The catalogue of Christie's says it is " certainly a bone from excavations in 1865 at Mare aux Songes by George Clark, schoolmaster in Mahebourg. This is probably one of the parts sold by Steven's Auction Room, Covent Garden before 1934 . "

To the question: What is this bone from the same collection as the part sold by Christie's last year , the press service of the latter indicates only that its policy is to preserve the anonymity of its clients. Christie's says there were no sales of dodo bones auction since 1934 and there are now two sales in six months, in December 2013 and April 2014.

Christie's argues that " the interest in natural history collections was at its peak in the Victorian era, then decreased in the twentieth century, with the last dodo bones public sales in 1930. During the recent years, these collections have captured the imagination of the public and collectors seek again these rare pieces from old collections again . "

The bones of a dodo is not the only part that has to do with Mauritius, which will be auctioned today. The catalogue of Christie's also offers a sea elephant bone This bone dating from before the 17th century and from Madagascar is estimated at between £ 3,000 and £ 5,000. A piece identified by Christie's as part of the Former collection of France Staub, ornithologist and botanist Mauritius, who was president of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences , and died in 2005.

 

Text by lexpress.mu

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