Guess How Much This Massive Egg Costs?

Elephant bird egg expected to fetch up to $45K

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 29, 2013 6:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – The gigantic egg is 100 times larger than an average chicken's—it's a foot long and almost nine inches in diameter—and it can be yours for just $45,000. On April 24, Christie's will auction the fossilized egg, which was laid by the elephant bird, reports the AP. The ostrich-like species from Madagascar grew up to 11 feet in height, but was extinct by the 18th century, reports LiveScience. It was flightless, as was another famed and long-extinct bird: the dodo. A femur bone fragment from that creature will also hit the block.

It's expected to fetch about $22,000, and is one of hundreds such fragments that have been discovered. And that makes one zoologist nervous. "The big concern is that if it sells for a lot of money, there may be a big increase in thefts from institutional collections or attempts to rob fossil localities for profit. This would result in severe damage to the site."

Christie's scientific specialist James Hyslop poses with a sub-fossilized pre-17th century Elephant Bird egg at the auction house's premises in London on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Christie's scientific specialist James Hyslop holds up a chicken egg to scale the size of a sub-fossilised pre-17th century Elephant Bird egg in London, Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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