Massive egg sells for $101,000 in auction

A massive, partly fossilized egg laid by a now-extinct elephant bird
has sold for more than double its estimate at a London auction.

Christie's auction house said Wednesday that the
foot-long, nearly nine-inches in diameter egg fetched 66,675 pounds
($101,813). It had been valued at 20,000 to 30,000 pounds pre-sale, and
was sold to an anonymous buyer over the telephone after about 10 minutes
of competitive bidding.

Elephant birds were wiped out several hundred years
ago. The oversized ovum, laid on the island of Madagascar, is believed
to date back before the 17th century.

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.

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