Christie’s is about to sell a really big egg. The auction house will offer a fossilized elephant-bird egg from Madagascar at its travel and science sale on April 24 in London (at its South Kensington outpost). The fossil is a foot long and about nine inches in diameter, according to the Associated Press, and could bring almost $50,000.
Christie’s said Wednesday that the oversized ovum – laid sometime before elephant birds were wiped out several hundred years ago – is expected to sell for up to 30,000 pounds (roughly $45,000).
Flightless, fruit-gobbling elephant birds resembled giant ostriches and could grow to be 11 feet high (3.4 meters). Christie’s says their eggs are 100 times the size of an average chicken’s.
— Shane Ferro