Deposited in marine sediments during the Campanian Age, which occurred between 83.6 million to 72.1 million years ago, this fossil was discovered in southwest Alberta, Canada in the Bearpaw Shales, a geological formation where remains of dinosaurs have also been found. The iridescent surface of this fossil is created from the interference between light waves traveling through layers of thin crystals. The thickness of the individual crystals determines the colours seen, with thicker crystals giving a red colour and thinnest ones creating purple. This fossil’s colours shift in the light from various shades of green, turquoise, red, orange and yellow. Wilm van Stormbroek, archaeological finds and remains auctioneer at Catawiki said, “To own something that is millions of years old is an exciting and wonderful opportunity. Fossils such as this are highly prized and very hard to come by. With the size, quality and eye-catching look of the fossil taken into account we think that this particular lot could easily surpass £20,000 at auction.” The auction will run until the 18th March 2016 at: http://auction.catawiki.co.uk/kavels/4918803-ammolite-ammonite-fossil-placenticeras-meeki-20-cm-x-14-5-cm
What is CatawikiFounded in 2008, Catawiki was originally designed as a website where collectors could manage their collections online. In 2011, Catawiki started hosting weekly online auctions in various categories including art, antiques, classic cars, watches, jewellery, fashion, comics and stamps. Most objects on Catawiki have a fascinating story and you won't be able to find them in an average store. Before being auctioned, each object is screened by our extensive team of experts. They help guarantee a varied and high quality selection of lots in our auctions. Nowadays, for millions of people around the world, Catawiki is the place to go for buying and selling special objects. Catawiki has offices in the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Sweden among others. In 2015 Catawiki received an investment of €75 million and won the award for being the fastest growing company in Europe.
Our BeliefsWe strongly believe that everyone should be able to buy and sell special objects every day in an exciting, easy and secure manner. That is why we are constantly working to make the Catawiki experience as special as the objects themselves.
Special ObjectsOn Catawiki everyone can find something to suit his or her interests. Every week tens of thousands of fascinating objects are available in our auctions. A few examples of objects that have been auctioned on Catawiki in the past include: a complete mammoth skeleton, the most expensive LEGO brick in the world, the pope's hat, a meteorite from Mars, Napoleon's hair, the oldest condom in the world and Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves.