Auction house to sell composite skeleton of a dodo bird

Auction house to sell composite skeleton of a dodo bird
An almost complete Dodo skeleton is displayed at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, southern England Thursday Aug. 25, 2016. It will be the first of its kind to come up for sale in nearly 100 years. The skeleton will feature in the auction house's fourth Evolution sale in November. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

The dodo bird is extinct—but one collector can now have their own dodo skeleton.

Summers Place Auctions is selling what it describes as a rare composite skeleton of a , a creature once found on the island of Mauritius. It comes from a collector who compiled the bones from private collections and auctions in the 1970s and '80s.

Although individual bones of the flightless bird come up for sale occasionally, Summers Place director Rupert van der Werff says this is the first time a nearly complete skeleton has come up for sale since the early 20th century.

There's no guide price for the skeleton.

Sailors hunted the dodo into extinction in the , and the bird has come to symbolize man's harsh impact on the .

  • Auction house to sell composite skeleton of a dodo bird
    Auction house employee Lindsay Hoadley prepares an almost complete Dodo skeleton as it is displayed at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, southern England Thursday Aug. 25, 2016, where It will be the first of its kind to come up for sale in nearly 100 years. The skeleton will feature in the auction house's fourth Evolution sale in November. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
  • Auction house to sell composite skeleton of a dodo bird
    An almost complete Dodo skeleton is displayed at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, southern England Thursday Aug. 25, 2016, where It will be the first of its kind to come up for sale in nearly 100 years. The skeleton will feature in the auction house's fourth Evolution sale in November. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

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