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15,000-year-old mammoth skeleton up for auction in Lyon

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 01:09

Attention Ice Age fans, a wooly mammoth could be yours for the right price. Elly Park reports.

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If you've ever fancied owning your own mammoth, now is your chance. Aguttes auction house in Lyon has this specimen for sale, found in Siberia and estimated to be around 15,000 years old. The skeleton is exceptionally large - over 5 meters in length, 3 and a half meters in height, with massive tusks each measuring 3 meters. The auction house says potential buyers could be museums or foundations, or anybody with a lot of space and deep pockets. SOUNDBITE: AUCTIONEER, CLAUDE AGUTTES SAYING (French) "There are not 50 people in Lyon who could maybe put it (at home), but in the world there are for sure 500 or 1,000 who could, if they want, put it in a room, in an apartment hall, in a company hall. Everyone will be pleased and it is funny." Ice Age fans should take not that owning a piece of history doesn't come cheap as the mammoth is expected to fetch between 450 and 490,000 euros when it goes under the hammer on December 16.

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15,000-year-old mammoth skeleton up for auction in Lyon

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 01:09