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    FINE SCULPTURAL AMMONITE DISPLAY
    Speetoniceras versicolor
    Cretaceous, Hauterivian Age
    Shilovka, Nizhegorodskaya Oblast, Russia

    This beautiful towering mass of fossilized ammonite shells boasts eight large examples of the Speetoniceras versicolor measuring up to 7 inches across. Scattered amongst them are innumerable smaller examples, along with several clams and ghostly white shadow traces of tiny versions of the creatures in the gray host rock. The shells have been cleaned and polished to highlight the natural beauty wrought by 130-136 million years of fossilization, whereby the natural mother-of pearl nacre that formed their lining has turned to various shades from delicate salmon-pink to dark gray and warm honey brown. The whole piece is entirely natural and is not a composite and displays a three-dimensional striking aspect from whichever angle one views it. This natural assemblage represents a wonderful example of these characteristic Russian fossils, presented with an uncharacteristically natural look. This tangle of ammonoidea is perfectly offset by the gorgeous yellow and brown tones of a polished freeform golden-honey calcite base, raising the height of this sculptural display piece to 26 inches overall.


    Estimate: $7,500 - $9,000.

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    18th Sunday
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