Have a few thousand dollars burning a hole in your pocket?
May we suggest you indulge in the completely sensible purchase of a decorative piece of prehistoric poop for your family home?
Beverly Hills-based auction house I.M. Chait is offering a few specimens on the auction block this Saturday, including droppings from dinosaurs and a 40-inch piece estimated to be between 5 and forty million years old.
The auction house takes the oversell approach on the sample’s description page.
“This truly spectacular specimen is possibly the longest example of coprolite ever to be offered at auction,’’ it breathlessly reports. “It boasts a wonderfully even, pale brown-yellow coloring and terrifically detailed texture to the heavily botryoidal surface across the whole of its immense length. The passer of this remarkable object is unknown, but it is nonetheless a highly evocative specimen of unprecedented size, presented in four sections, each with a heavy black marble custom base, an eye-watering [uh eye-watering?] 40 inches in length overall.’’
Fossilized poo — known in mature circles as coprolite — can actually provide paleontologists with a surprising amount of data, including information about diet, timeline and locations of the species of origin.
Others — for whatever reason — prefer to collect them.
Last May, the auction house sold this set of coprolite for $5,185.
Aren’t they beautiful?