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Auction House sells Dodo skeleton for $416,300

Associated Press Associated Press 22/11/2016
FILE- In this Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 file photo, a Dodo skeleton, Raphus cucullatus, from Mauritius is displayed at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, southern England. Summers Place Auctions has sold a composite dodo skeleton to a private collector for £346,300 pounds ($430,000), including buyer’s premium on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File) © The Associated Press FILE- In this Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 file photo, a Dodo skeleton, Raphus cucullatus, from Mauritius is displayed at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, southern England. Summers Place Auctions has sold a composite dodo skeleton to a private collector for £346,300 pounds ($430,000), including buyer’s premium on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

LONDON — Summers Place Auctions has sold a composite dodo skeleton to a private collector for 336,100 pounds ($416,300), including buyer's premium.

The unique specimen of a creature once found on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean was created by a dodo enthusiast who collected the bird's bones for 40 years until he realized he had enough bones to create an almost complete skeleton.

Hunted into extinction, the Dodo has come to epitomize the cruel impact that man can have on an ecosystem. The bird's name recognition was enhanced by Lewis Carroll, who included a dodo in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."

Summers Place had put a guide price of between 300,000 pounds and 500,000 on the item auctioned Tuesday.

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This story has been corrected to show the price was 336,100 pounds ($416,300), not 346,300 pounds ($430,000), after a mistake by Summers.

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