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Mammoth for Sale


From shoelaces to taxidermy kits to Manny Ramirez’s grill, you can find practically anything on eBay. But auctioning off a 15,000-year-old mammoth skeleton and a 10,000-year-old, 13.5-foot-long rhinoceros requires bringing in the big guns. Instead of fine arts and furniture, paleontological curiosities will go under the hammer at Christie's auction house in Paris on Monday, we learned from an AP article.

Not surprisingly, some paleontologists object to the auction.

Pascal Tassy, professor at Paris' Natural History Museum, has decried the selling off of specimens that could be useful to science. "It is a pernicious consequence of the Jurassic Park effect," he said. "In the past, private collectors donated to museums, it was a great time of patronage. Nowadays we make money off anything."

We think Tassy’s got a point, but unfortunately when it comes to deciding between scientists’ recommendations and making a few bucks, the money usually wins (drilling in the Arctic, anyone?).

Bidders interested in buying the star specimen -- a Siberian mammoth dubbed "The President" -- will need at least $199,000 and a lot of floor space. Tusks and all, it's 12.5 feet high and 16 feet long.

Expensive? Yes. But considering that the dress Marilyn Monroe wore when she sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President” to JFK went for $1,150,000, the price seems like a steal.


Comments

I am sure that the mammoth will go for more than that, and considering the "Happy birthday dress," it actually sold for $1,267,500! But what are "only" $117,500?!
You don't even get a dumbster home in LA's worst areas...so -- no big deal. Is just money anyhow...lol

I am sure that the mammoth will go for more than that, and considering the "Happy birthday dress," it actually sold for $1,267,500! But what are "only" $117,500 in difference?!
You don't even get a dumbster home in LA's worst areas...so -- no big deal. Is just money anyhow...lol