Mammoth skeleton sells for €430,000
A full mammoth skeleton sold at an auction in France for €430,000 (£380,530). The skeleton measures 5.3 metres from tusk to tail. It is thought to date from the Pleistocene era, meaning it would have existed alongside sabre toothed cats, giant sloths and mastodons. It was originally unearthed in Siberia and is considered to be a rare example being so complete.
The auction was held by Aguttes in Lyons on 16th December. The mammoth was bought by Pierre-Etienne Bindschedler, CEO of SOPREMA, a building supplies firm whose logo features a mammoth. The company will display the impressive skeleton in the entrance of their premises.