"Sotheby's Natural History sale on 2 October achieved €917,050. One of the top lots sold was A Rare and Complete Mammoth (Late Pleistocene, Siberia, Russia), that brought €240,750."
It is interesting to note that the sell through on these auctions isn't near as good as it is on their Art and Jewelry Auctions.
I wonder if that is due to the information about the goods in these auctions not getting to the right people or a down turn in the number of people following the fossils field?
Personally I choose to believe the former as I have noticed a keen interest in collecting and Jewelry made with Fossils of all kinds!
...with our little Wholly Mammoth friend above selling so briskly - I have to believe that a few museums are seeing funding.
There does seem to be a large following from the Interior Design field and items that are beautifully presented are definite winners! ...as this "Coffret of Exotic Crabs" can testify!