Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Egg In/On Face

Christie's scientific specialist James Hyslop poses for photographs with a sub-fossilized pre-17th century Elephant Bird egg at the auction house's premises in London.

The massive partly fossilized egg laid by a now-extinct elephant bird sold for more than double its estimate at a London auction. Christie's auction house said Wednesday, April 24, 2013, the foot long, nearly nine-inches in diameter egg fetched 66,675 pounds ($101,813). It had been valued at 20,000 to 30,000 pounds pre-sale, and was sold to an anonymous buyer over the telephone after about ten minutes of competitive bidding. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

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