Menu
Welcome Sign-In | Join Now
Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 

Description

RARE AND PRISTINE ELEPHANT BIRD EGG
Aepyornis maximus
Madagascar

The strange and exotic elephant bird was a giant flightless bird that once inhabited the island of Madagascar off the southeastern coast of Africa. Likely going extinct by the 17th century, it is wildely suspected that "human activity" was the cause of their disappearance. Aepyornis was one of the heaviest birds and is believed to have grown to over 10 feet (3 meters) in height and to have reached weights approaching 880 pounds (400 kilograms) - at the time the largest bird in the world. Legendary explorer Marco Polo even mentioned accounts of very large birds on his journeys to the East in the 12th and 13th centuries - thought to be descriptions of elephant birds. Much later, in the 1640s and 1650s, a French governor of Madagascar, Etienne de Flacourt, recorded frequent sightings of elephant birds. They were part of a group of medium to large sized birds known as ratites - most of which are flightless. Remains of Aepyornis adults and eggs have been found, and the egg volume of the huge elephant bird egg would be about 160 times that of a modern-day chicken egg! This piece is a truly complete elephant bird egg - a significant factor - since the majority of eggs available are "composites" put together from disarticulated fragments of multiple broken specimens.This egg is in pristine condition - with only a tiny "slit" opening on the back side - which is common among these pieces. The sheer size of an elephant bird egg makes it appealing, but it is the additional fact that this egg is both totally complete and in top notch condition that makes it such a rare and special piece. There is a finite supply of this natural treasure - especially of this superb quality. Egg is approximately 11 inches (27.94 cm) long and 8.25 inches (20.96 cm) in diameter.

Condition Report*:

Condition report available upon request. *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

Service and Handling Description: Other (TBD) (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Glossary of Terms

Auction Info

Auction Dates
October, 2013
19th-20th
Internet/Mail/Phone Bidders: 1
Members Tracking: N/A
Page Views: 1,925

Buyer's Premium per Lot:
25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

Heritage membership

946,178
bidder-members
$893,760,340
sold in the last year

Join Now - It's Free

VIEW BENEFITS
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    winnings 

Consignments wanted

Only 27 days left to consign to the 2015 December 9 European Art Signature Auction - Dallas!

Learn about consigning with us

We were very honored that Lakeside was featured on the front of the auction catalog and the article about it was accurate and exceptional.
M. & P. C.,
Dallas, TX
View More Testimonials

HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. To compare for yourself, visit: compete.com

Video tutorial

Getting the most out of search

Recent auctions

2014 November 21 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction
2014 November 21 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction
REALIZED $1,441,296
2014 November 17 American Art Signature Auction
2014 November 17 American Art Signature Auction
REALIZED $6,712,638
2014 November 14 American Indian Art , Pre-Columbian, & Tribal Art Signature Auction
2014 Nov 14 American Indian Art, Pre-Columbian & Tribal Art Auction
REALIZED $441,524
2014 November 8 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction
2014 November 8 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction
REALIZED $5,683,719
2014 November 6 Silver & Vertu Signature Auction
2014 November 6 Silver & Vertu Signature Auction
REALIZED $439,980
2014 October 18 The Belo Collection of Texas Art Signature Auction
2014 October 18 The Belo Collection of Texas Art Signature Auction
REALIZED $624,835
2014 October 16 Photographs Signature Auction
2014 October 16 Photographs Signature Auction
REALIZED $824,108
2014 September 28 Nature & Science Signature Auction
2014 September 28 Nature & Science Signature Auction
REALIZED $1,089,341
2014 Sept 13-14 Gentleman Collector Signature Estate Auction
2014 Sept 13-14 Gentleman Collector Signature Estate Auction
REALIZED $1,725,292
2015 May 14 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Beverly Hills
2015 May 14 Illustration Art Signature Auction - Beverly Hills
REALIZED $2,309,960

© 2015 Heritage Auctions | All Rights Reserved