It is often said that Summers Place Auctions’ gallery looks a bit like the Natural History Museum, and for the June 2016 sale it will be more true than ever. On 7 June, Summers Place Auctions will sell the museum collection of the Emmen Zoo, an internationally acclaimed zoo in northern Holland. The museum collection was formed during the 1980s and early 1990s and has some remarkable specimens, some of which can no longer be bought outside their country of origin.
As detailed in Exquisite Terror 3, the cat holds an insidious presence in horror, therefore of particular interest to readers will be the Hoplophoneus, a sabre-toothed cat which was part of an extinct group of predatory mammals that were characterised by their long, curved sabre-shaped canine teeth. These large teeth extended from the mouth even when it was closed and the animals were found worldwide from the Eocene epoch to the end of the Pleistocene epoch 11,000 years ago. This example is estimated at £6,000 – 10,000.
Another highlight is a duck-billed dinosaur, Harpocrasaurus stibengi, called “Freya”. Almost as big as a T-Rex, Freya’s skeleton is virtually complete, estimated to sell in the region of £50,000 – 80,000.
The sale will be on view from 5 June until the morning of the auction or by arrangement. For further information visit www.summersplaceauctions.com or call 01403 331331.