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Natural history, technology share spotlight in Nov. 4 sale

Science and technology will captivate bidder attention Nov. 4 when Heritage Auctions' brings 275 select lots, including dinosaur skeletons, crystalline gold specimens, and early technology devices to auction.

DALLAS, Texas – A wide-ranging selection of fossils and discoveries in technology – from the world’s first microchip to a $200,000 Triceratops skull – highlights Heritage Auctions’ Nature & Science Auction Nov. 4 in Dallas, Texas.

Collectors will have a chance to acquire prototypes of the item of technology that essentially is the foundation upon which the computing industry is built. Consequently, these devices made laptops and smartphones a daily staple for millions. Especially relevant, is an Early Microchip Prototype ($400,000-$600,000) that goes up for auction Nov. 4.

Expectations High For Skull

Triceratops skull

Three-horned face Triceratops dinosaur skull. Furthermore, it estimated to be more than 80 million years old, discovered within the Hell Creek Formation of Montana ($200,000-$300,00). (All photos courtesy Heritage Auctions)

One lot that will dominate any room, captivate viewers and start countless conversations is a triceratops skull ($200,000-$300,000) from the Hell Creek Formation of Montana.

This auction also offers several exceptional gold samples, a group that is headlined by two outstanding specimens – a gold nugget ($200,000-$300,000) from Victoria, Australia, and crystalline gold ($200,000-$300,000) from the Sixteen-to-One Mine in the Alleghany District of Sierra County, California.

A Dimetrodon (Pelycosaur) skeleton ($150,000-$200,000) from the Moran Formation in Archer County, Texas, is also up for bids. It measures 60 inches in length. In addition, the Dimetrodon was an apex predator about 100 million years before the evolution of dinosaurs.

Nature Pairing Nicely With Technology

A Megalodon shark jaw reconstruction ($50,000-$70,000), Miocene, from St. Mary’s River in


Von Frey sphygmograph, a precursor device to the modern EKG machine, circa 1890s, Germany ($5,000-$7,000).

Georgia is also on offer in this sale. Furthermore, the Megalodon represented by this reconstruction was much larger than the great white shark. This offering shows 150 authentic fossilized Megalodon teeth, which range in size from 1 to 4 inches, in a reconstructed jaw made of fiberglass resin.

In addition, lots garnering attention ahead the sale are:
• An Azurite ($40,000-$60,000) from the Czar Shaft of Copper Queen Mine (Halero Mine) in Cochise County, Arizona.
• Henbury Meteorite ($20,000-$25,000) from the Northern Territory in Australia.
• Seymchan Meteorite Sphere ($15,000-$25,000) from Magadanskaya Oblast, Russia
• A 23.79-carat Tanzanite Gemstone ($12,000-$18,000) from the Lelatema Mountains in the Arusha Region of Tanzania
• Von Frey Sphygmograph ($5,000-$7,000) – the precursor to the modern EKG machine – from Leipzig, Germany
• A Petrified Conifer Tabletop ($5,000-$7,000) from the Chinle Formation in Arizona.

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