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Real-life 'Indiana Jones' to sell off his treasures

Lynne Kelleher

Published 29/04/2011 | 05:00

A REAL-life 'Indiana Jones' is auctioning off a 70-million-year-old dinosaur tooth from the spoils of his globe-trotting adventures.

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The giant molar, along with a 435-year-old meteorite and a Jurassic tree trunk, are among various ancient items going under the hammer.

The archaeological treasures are part of the collection of an Irish geologist who wants to remain anonymous for security reasons. The lots will be sold next Tuesday at the Auction Rooms in Sixmilebridge, Co Clare, at 10.30am. The geologist, who has sold pieces to museums all over the world, has spent the last four decades digging for artefacts all over the planet.

The meteorite landed in Argentina in 1576, weighs about 800g, and has a guide price of between €300 and €400. An authentic dinosaur egg from the collection was sold for €820 just a few weeks ago in the first lot of the sale along with a meteorite that landed in front of the Napoleonic army in the 1810.

A 240-million-year-old perfectly preserved reptile fossil is one of the prize pieces of the collection as well as a 70-million-year-old dinosaur tooth.

Aidan Foley, of the Auction Rooms, said: "These items are really incredible. They come from a collector who is a real-life Indiana Jones but he wants to remain anonymous.

Break-ins

"He is selling this stuff now because his home is full of similar artefacts and he travels all the time. He is concerned about break-ins -- not because the items will be stolen, but because they may be damaged by anyone searching for other valuables. The most important pieces he has discovered are in museums."

Irish Independent

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