Science & Natural History

Christie's
London

Date of the auction: 24.05.2019

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A ''GRAND SOHLBERG'' CELESTIAL GLOBE

A "GRAND SOHLBERG" CELESTIAL GLOBE SWEDISH CIRCA 1880 The 9-inch diameter glass celestial sphere engraved on the outside with the lines of latitude and longitude and the tropic and polar circles, the equatorial graduated in degrees and hours, with applied steel ecliptic band, the interior with a

Lot #: 8

Estimate: £7,000 - £10,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A ''LEVITATING'' METEORITE

A "LEVITATING" METEORITE THE CASING OF RECENT MANUFACTURE The Sikhote-Alin meteorite suggesting the appearance of its parent body floating in space, it is drilled and secured in place with wire and pulled upwards by a magnet. Housed in Perspex casing. 11 x 8 x 8in. (28 x 20 x 20cm

Lot #: 29

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,500

Date: 24 May 2019

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A ''WINGED'' AMMONITE GROUP

A "WINGED" AMMONITE GROUP BELMONT, FRANCE Specimens of Lytoceras cornucopia with ribbed "wings" preserved, in original matrix with belemnites and another smaller ammonite. 25in. (64cm.) high

Lot #: 117

Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A BITTEN AMMONITE

A BITTEN AMMONITE SOUTH DAKOTA From the upper Cretaceous, Fox Hills Formation, (circa 65 million years ago) the specimen of Sphenodiscus splendens showing opal-like iridescence, with pathological markings. 13in. (33cm.) diameter

Lot #: 105

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A BOHEMIAN ORRERY

A BOHEMIAN ORRERY PROBABLY BY FELKL, LATE 19TH CENTURY Unsigned, the 3-inch terrestrial globe with lithographed gores and cartouche JORDGLOB, calendrical dial, the geared mechanism actuating movement of Mercury, Venus, Eartth-Moon, and Mars, on Felkl-type cast iron stand. 29in. (74cm.) long

Lot #: 12

Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A BOHEMIAN TELLURIAN

A BOHEMIAN TELLURIAN LATE 19TH CENTURY The 3-inch terrestrial globe with lithographed gores and cartouche JORDGLOB , blue glass oil lamp over calendrical dial, the working geared mechanism on Felkl-type cast iron stand. 21in. (53cm.) long

Lot #: 13

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A BOWL OF BANDED IRON TIGER EYE

A BOWL OF BANDED IRON TIGER EYE MT BROCKMAN STATION, AUSTRALIA From the early Proterozoic (circa 2.5 billion years ago) the specimen of Marra Mamba iron formation with a broad chatoyant band, cut and polished to form an asymmetric bowl. The base cut flat, marked DW. 9 ½ x 12 x 8 ½in. (24 x 30.5 x

Lot #: 124

Estimate: £7,000 - £10,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A BRASS ARMILLARY SPHERE

A BRASS ARMILLARY SPHERE POSSIBLY ITALIAN 16TH CENTURY The 8-inch sphere composed of continental brass with a later brass ecliptic engraved with scales for zodiac [0°]-[360°], graduated unnumbered equator divided to 1° by alternating groups of 10°, two similarly graduated colures through equinoxes

Lot #: 7

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A CAMPO DEL CIELO — COMPLETE IRON METEORITE

A CAMPO DEL CIELO — COMPLETE IRON METEORITE Iron, coarse octahedrite – IAB-MG Gran Chaco, Argentina (27°28' S, 60°35' W) Surprisingly dense, this meteorite exhibits the finely stippled surface characteristic of superior Campo del Cielo meteorites. With a platinum to charcoal hued patina with chrome

Lot #: 27

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,500

Date: 24 May 2019

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A CLUSTER OF TOURMALINE CRYSTALS

A CLUSTER OF TOURMALINE CRYSTALS BRAZIL Of natural form with cavities and gaps through the mass of black crystals, on custom stand. 21 x 8 x 6in. (53 x 20 x 15cm

Lot #: 43

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A COMPLETE DRONINO METEORITE — AN EXOTIC SAMPLE FROM INTERPLANETARY SPACE

A COMPLETE DRONINO METEORITE — AN EXOTIC SAMPLE FROM INTERPLANETARY SPACE Iron, ataxite (ungrouped) Ryazan district, Russia (54° 44' N, 41° 25' E The wavy, textured surface unique to Dronino meteorites is in evidence with long parallel furrows running the length of the specimen — with a deep furrow

Lot #: 28

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A COMPLETE SLICE OF ADMIRE METEORITE

A COMPLETE SLICE OF ADMIRE METEORITE Pallasite — PMG Lyon County, Kansas Extraterrestrial crystals of olivine and green peridot are suspended in a iron-nickel matrix of this polished complete slice. A thin band of the meteorite’s external surface is seen in the rim of this alluring specimen. Modern

Lot #: 39

Estimate: £6,000 - £9,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A CUFF-TYPE MICROSCOPE

A CUFF-TYPE MICROSCOPE JOHN CUFF (c.1702-1772) Signed on the stage JOHN CUFF IN FLEET STREET LONDON , the limb engraved with markings for objective positions 1-6, accessories include: stage forceps; six objectives (one lacking lens); frog plate; lieberkuhn; tweezers; brass slides; on mahogany stand

Lot #: 10

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A CUT BOULDER OF CHAROITE

A CUT BOULDER OF CHAROITE RUSSIA One face cut and polished to reveal deep lilac colour of the mineral on fitted stand. 17 x 10 x 7in. (43 x 26 x 18cm

Lot #: 50

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 24 May 2019

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A DESERT CONCRETION

A DESERT CONCRETION MOROCCO Of tall monolithic form, on stone base. 40in. (102cm.) high

Lot #: 54

Estimate: £6,000 - £9,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A DODO SKELETON

A DODO SKELETON MAURITIUS, BEFORE 1690 The near-complete composite skeleton from fossil remains from Mare-aux-Songes and rare bones found by Etienne Thirioux, a Mauritian naturalist active around the turn of the 19th century. 25 x 22 x 14in. (64 x 55 x 35cm.) Provenance Paul Carié (1876-1930) Thence

Lot #: 155

Estimate: £400,000 - £600,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A FINE MEGALODON TOOTH

A FINE MEGALODON TOOTH SOUTH CAROLINA The 4½-inch Carcharocles megalodon from the Langhian (16-14 million years ago) with a blue-gray colour, richer to edges of the elongated form. 4½ x 3¼ x 1½in. ( 11.5 x 8.5 x 3cm

Lot #: 161

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A FINE SPECIMEN OF AMMOLITE

A FINE SPECIMEN OF AMMOLITE CANADA The section of Placenticeras costatum from the upper Cretaceous, Bearpaw formation (75-72 million years ago), showing strong iridescences of red, orange, green, purple. 9 ½ x 9 x 6in. (24 x 23 x 15cm

Lot #: 123

Estimate: £6,000 - £9,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A FLUORITE SPHERE ON SEPTARIAN STAND

A FLUORITE SPHERE ON SEPTARIAN STAND MEXICO The 6-inch sphere cut and polished to reveal two hemispheres of colour, sitting on polished stand made from a septarian nodule. 7½ x 6½ x 6in. (19 x 16 x 15cm

Lot #: 76

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,500

Date: 24 May 2019

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A FORKED AMETHYST GEODE

A FORKED AMETHYST GEODE RIO GRANDE DO SUL, BRAZIL Of hollow concave form with two towers of purple crystals of amethyst, cut and polished 34in. (87cm.) high

Lot #: 46

Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A FOSSIL CRAB

A FOSSIL CRAB MADAGASCAR The Macrophtalmus sp. from the Pliocene (5-3 million years ago), the finely preserved specimen with eyes on long stalks, prepped on original matrix. In display case. 13 ¾ x 8 ½ x 7 ½in. (35 x 22 x 19cm

Lot #: 159

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A FOSSIL CROCODILE SKULL

A FOSSIL CROCODILE SKULL MONTANA, USA From the Hell Creek Formation, Garfield County, Maastrichtian, late Cretaceous (67-66 million years ago), the skull of a Borealosuchus sp. preserved showing three dimensionality, some areas cast in facsimile, supported on custom stand. 17 x 13 x 8in. (43 x 33 x

Lot #: 173

Estimate: £12,000 - £18,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A FOSSIL DRAGONFLY

A FOSSIL DRAGONFLY SOLNHOFEN, GERMANY From the Jurassic (circa 150 million years ago) specimen of Mesuropetala muensteri with 5 ½-inch wingspan in original unbroken limestone matrix. 13 x 12in. (33 x 30.5cm

Lot #: 150

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A FOSSIL DRAGONFLY

A FOSSIL DRAGONFLY SOLNHOFEN, GERMANY From the Jurassic (circa 150 million years ago) the finely preserved 6-inch specimen of Urogomphus eximus in original limestone matrix. 14 x 20 ½in. (36 x 52cm

Lot #: 151

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,500

Date: 24 May 2019

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A FOSSIL ENTELODONT SKULL

A FOSSIL ENTELODONT SKULL SOUTH DAKOTA From the Brule Formation, Oligocene (34-30 million years ago), the skull of Archaeotherium sp. supported on turning wooden stand. 14 x 17 x 11in. (36 x 44 x 28cm

Lot #: 179

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A FOSSIL FISH

A FOSSIL FISH SOLNHOFEN, GERMANY From the Jurassic (circa 150 million years ago) the 7 ½-inch specimen of Caturus furcatus preserving teeth and some texture of the skin, in original matix transected by several natural dendrititc patterns. Wall mounting to reverse. 18 ½ x 32in. (47 x 82cm

Lot #: 170

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A FOSSIL FISH PLAQUE

A FOSSIL FISH PLAQUE GREEN RIVER, WYOMING The 18-inch Diplomystus dentatus from the Eocene (circa 50 million years ago). 21 x 33 ½in. (53 x 85cm

Lot #: 143

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,500

Date: 24 May 2019

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A FOSSIL FISH PLAQUE

A FOSSIL FISH PLAQUE GREEN RIVER, WYOMING From the Eocene (circa 50 million years ago) a 19-inch specimen of Phareodus encaustus showing fine dentition, with Diplomystus sp. Priscacara sp. and Knightia sp. placed in the matrix. 36 x 48in. (92 x 122cm

Lot #: 144

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A FOSSIL LEAF

A FOSSIL LEAF GREEN RIVER, WYOMING From the Eocene (circa 50 million years ago) the 6-inch sycamore leaf in original matrix. 9 x 9 ½in.(23 x 24cm

Lot #: 153

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,500

Date: 24 May 2019

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A FOSSIL NEEDLEFISH

A FOSSIL NEEDLEFISH LEBANON From the Cenomanian, Upper Cretaceous (100-94 million years ago), the long Rhynchodercetis sp. in original matrix. 26 x 10 x 1in. (67.5 x 26 x 2.5cm

Lot #: 147

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 24 May 2019