The skeleton of a mammoth was sold off at an auction for than half a million euros in the southeastern French city of Lyon. The woolly mammoth lived nearly 10,000 years ago. The skeleton nearly intact was mounted in a forward walking position with its huge curved tusks with tones of caramel and ivory facing slightly downward. The chief executive of a French waterproofing company whose logo is a prehistoric mammal bought the skeleton. The mammoth skeleton is one of the largest specimens ever found and measure a little over three metres in height.
AFP quoted Pierre-Etienne Bindschedler, the CEO of Soprema as saying, “We are going to display it in the lobby of our firm. I think we have enough room”. Bindschedler bought the piece for USD 6,44,440 at the Aguttes auction house. It was expected to be sold off at least USD 5,28,952 but fetched more than that at the auction. The skeleton was sold off such a high price considering its “fine condition” and also that it retained 80 percent of its original bones. According to experts, the animal weighed about 1,400 kilos. The skeleton belonged to a hunter who had preserved it at home. He had unearthed the skeleton about 10 years ago in northwest Siberia.
Wolly mammoths came under threat due to warming, climate change and hunting pressure. They were once among the most herbivores in North America and Siberia. Around 3,700 years ago they disappeared from Earth. Siberia and Russia’s extreme northern regions frequently find mammoth remains where they are preserved in the frozen earth. In 2006, the first complete mammoth skeleton sold at auction in France got USD 1,76,317. In 2012, another was sold in Paris for USD 2,82,989 at an auction organised by Sotheby’s.