Fossilized walrus penis sells for mere US$8,000 at Beverly Hills auction, instead of expected $16,000
BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) - A fossilized penis bone from an extinct walrus isn't the usual kind of artifact to hang above the mantel.
Maybe that's why has it sold at auction for eight thousand dollars U-S, far below the expected price.
Josh Chait, director of operations for the I-M Chait Gallery, says the 1.4 metre-long item, covered with weathered skin and dry muscle tissue, was sold to the company that runs the Ripley's Believe It or Not museums.
Chait says there were only three bidders and the contest lasted only a couple of minutes.
The price will be 96 hundred dollars when auction fees are included.
It had been expected to fetch 12 thousand to 16 thousand dollars.
The fossilized baculum, or penis bone, is from a species of walrus that became extinct 12,000 years ago. It was found preserved in permafrost in northern Siberia.
The auction house said it is believed to be the largest known mammal penis fossil.
"I'm glad it's going to a museum and not a private collection" so it can on public display, Chait said.
"It's definitely something everyone should see once in their life."