Science & Natural History

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Date of the auction: 24.05.2019

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A SLICE OF PETRIFIED OAK

A SLICE OF PETRIFIED OAK OREGON, USA From the Miocene (circa 10 million years ago), Juntura Formation, Stinking Water Pass, the annual growth rings of Quercus sp. clearly visible within the rarely seen shades of blue. 24 ½ x 22 ½ x 1 ½in. (62 x 57 x 4cm

Lot #: 129

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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TWO SECTIONS OF A PETRIFIED TREE TRUNK

TWO SECTIONS OF A PETRIFIED TREE TRUNK INDONESIA From the Miocene (circa 20 million years ago), the two sections cut from the same trunk with natural cavity running down their interior, the tops cut and polished to reveal remains of annual growth rings, the outer texture preserving knots and

Lot #: 131

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A PETRIFIED WOOD STOOL

A PETRIFIED WOOD STOOL MADAGASCAR Araucaria sp. from the Triassic (circa 225 million years ago) the top cut and polished to reveal internal structure and natural caramel colouration. 11 x 15 x 13in. (28 x 38 x 33cm

Lot #: 132

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,500

Date: 24 May 2019

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A PETRIFIED WOOD STOOL

A PETRIFIED WOOD STOOL MADAGASCAR Araucaria sp. from the Triassic (circa 225 million years ago) the top cut and polished to reveal internal structure and natural cream colouration. 20in. (51cm.) high

Lot #: 134

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A SLICE OF PETRIFIED WOOD

A SLICE OF PETRIFIED WOOD NORTHERN ARIZONA Araucarioxylon arizonicum from the Triassic (circa 225 million years ago), sliced in cross-section and polished to reveal a spectrum of reds, oranges and purples, with quartz-filled cavities, texture to edges preserved. 17 ½ x 19 ½ x 1 ¼ (44.5 x 49.5 x

Lot #: 135

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,500

Date: 24 May 2019

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A LARGE SLICE OF PETRIFIED WOOD

A LARGE SLICE OF PETRIFIED WOOD SILVER CREEK JUNCTION, UTAH From the early Oligocene (circa 33 million years ago) the specimen of Juniperus sp. cut and polished to reveal natural cavities, preservation of some growth rings and a rich marbling of colours, the reverse reinforced, supported on simple

Lot #: 136

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A FOSSIL SEA LILY GROUP

A FOSSIL SEA LILY GROUP GERMANY From the Lower Jurassic, Toarcian (174-182 million years ago) Posidonienschiefer Formation, Holzmaden Germany, the specimens of Seirocrinus subangularis prepped as found in their matrix with shelly fragments and flotsam. 33 ½ x 36in. (85 x 92cm

Lot #: 139

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A TRIPTYCH OF FOSSIL FISH PLAQUES

A TRIPTYCH OF FOSSIL FISH PLAQUES GREEN RIVER, WYOMING From Eocene (circa 50 million years ago), the three panels with 14 placed fossil fish of various species the largest a Diplomystus dentatus arranged as if swimming through the rippling matrix. Wall mounting to reverse. Each panel 48 x 24in. (122

Lot #: 141

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A FOSSIL STINGRAY PLAQUE

A FOSSIL STINGRAY PLAQUE GREEN RIVER, WYOMING From the Eocene (circa 50 million years ago), 18-inch male Heliobatis radians showing fine preservation, placed in matrix with a small fish ( Knightia sp. ). 20¾ x 18¼in. (52.5 x 46.5cm

Lot #: 145

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A FOSSIL PALM FLOWER AND FISH

A FOSSIL PALM FLOWER AND FISH GREEN RIVER, WYOMING The flower of a Sablites sp. with three fish from the Eocene (circa 50 million years ago), the reverse with wall mounting. 48 x 27in. (122 x 69cm

Lot #: 146

Estimate: £15,000 - £25,000

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

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THE SLAB AND COUNTER SLAB OF A FOSSIL SHRIMP

THE SLAB AND COUNTER SLAB OF A FOSSIL SHRIMP SOLNHOFEN, GERMANY From the Jurassic (circa 150 million years ago) the 7 ½-inch specimen of Mecochirus longimatus preserved on both sides of original limestone matrix with possible remains of a trace fossil. Natural dendritic lines criss-cross the

Lot #: 149

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) 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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THE SLAB AND COUNTER SLAB OF A FOSSIL GRASSHOPPER

THE SLAB AND COUNTER SLAB OF A FOSSIL GRASSHOPPER SOLNHOFEN, GERMANY From the Jurassic (circa 150 million years ago) the 5 ½-inch specimen of Pycnophlebia finely preserved on both sides of original limestone matrix. 12 ½ x 13 x ¾in. (32 x 33 x 2cm

Lot #: 152

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

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 LARGE TRILOBITE

A LARGE TRILOBITE MOROCCO From the mid-Cambrian (509-497 million years ago), an 11-inch specimen of Acadoparadoxides briareus placed into slate. 15 x 24 x 2 ½in. (38 x 61 x 6.5cm

Lot #: 154

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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Michele Vitaloni (b. 1967)

Michele Vitaloni (b. 1967) "Lost" Sculpture of a Dodo ( Raphus cucullatus ), signed and dated 'Michele Vitaloni 2018' (on the underside, and on the foot). Oil on wood and iron 29½ x 19¾ x 15in. (75 x 50 x 38cm

Lot #: 156

Estimate: £20,000 - £40,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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Michele Vitaloni (b. 1967)

Michele Vitaloni (b. 1967) Monarca butterflies signed and dated 'Michele Vitaloni 2012' Painted copper and bronze in Italian frame 38 x 31 ½ x 3 ½in. (97 x 80 x 9cm

Lot #: 157

Estimate: £6,000 - £10,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A LARGE FOSSIL CRAB

A LARGE FOSSIL CRAB ITALY The 6 ½-inch wide Harpactocarcinus sp. from the Eocene (56-38 million years ago) the well preserved specimen with eight legs, on matrix. Fixed to wooden base with cover. 13 ¾ x 8 ½ x 7 ½in. (35 x 22 x 19cm

Lot #: 158

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

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 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 VERY LARGE MEGALODON TOOTH

A VERY LARGE MEGALODON TOOTH SOUTH CAROLINA The 6-inch tooth of a Carcharocles megalodon from the Langhian (16-14 million years ago), supported on custom stand. 7 ½ x 4 x 3 ½in. (19 x 10 x 9cm

Lot #: 164

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,500

Date: 24 May 2019

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A LARGE MEGALODON TOOTH

A LARGE MEGALODON TOOTH SOUTH CAROLINA, USA 6-inch tooth of a Carcharocles megalodon from the Langhian (16-14 million years ago), Hawthorn formation, supported on custom stand. 7 ½in. (19cm.) high on stand

Lot #: 165

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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A LARGE TRICERATOPS HORN

A LARGE TRICERATOPS HORN MONTANA, USA From the Hell Creek Formation, Maastrichtian, late Cretaceous (67-66 million years ago), a brow horn from a Triceratops sp., on custom stand. 36in. (92cm.) long

Lot #: 167

Estimate: £10,000 - £12,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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THE TAIL OF A DUCK-BILLED DINOSAUR

THE TAIL OF A DUCK-BILLED DINOSAUR MONTANA, USA Fifteen tail vertebra of an Edmo ntosaurus annectens from the Hell Creek Formation, Late Cretaceous (66 million years ago), mounted as four sections on custom stand. 64in. (163cm,) long

Lot #: 168

Estimate: £7,000 - £10,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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THE VERTEBRA OF A TRICERATOPS

THE VERTEBRA OF A TRICERATOPS HELL CREEK FORMATION, MONTANA From the Hell Creek Formation, Maastrichtian, late Cretaceous (67-66 million years ago), a large vertebra of a Triceratops sp ., on custom stand. 19 ½in.(49.5cm.) high

Lot #: 172

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,500

Date: 24 May 2019

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A SMALL TRICERATOPS HORN

A SMALL TRICERATOPS HORN MONTANA, USA From the Hell Creek Formation, Maastrichtian, late Cretaceous (68-65 million years ago), a brow horn from a juvenile Triceratops sp. on custom stand 19 x 9 x 5in. (48 x 23 x 12cm

Lot #: 174

Estimate: £6,000 - £9,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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THE TOOTH OF A TYRANNOSAURUS-REX

THE TOOTH OF A TYRANNOSAURUS-REX MONTANA, USA From the Hell Creek Formation, Maastrichtian, late Cretaceous (67-66 million years ago) the well preserved 2 ½-inch tooth of a Tyrannosaurus rex , on fitted stand. 5in, (13cm.) high

Lot #: 175

Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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THE TOOTH OF A TYRANNOSAURUS-REX

THE TOOTH OF A TYRANNOSAURUS-REX MONTANA, USA From the Hell Creek Formation, Maastrichtian, late Cretaceous (67-66 million years ago) the well preserved 3-inch tooth of a Tyrannosaurus rex , on fitted stand. 5 ½in. (14cm.) high

Lot #: 176

Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000

Date: 24 May 2019

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THE CLAW OF A TYRANNOSAURUS REX

THE CLAW OF A TYRANNOSAURUS REX MONTANA From the Hell Creek Formation, Garfield County, Late Cretaceous (circa 69-66 million years ago) the 4 ½-inch dewclaw of Tyrannosaurus rex supported on fitted stand. 4 x 4 ¼ x 2in. (10 x 11 x 5cm

Lot #: 177

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 24 May 2019