11th August 2016

The fossil of a crocodile which could be as much as 146 million years old is going under the hammer this week in our saleroom as part of our first Minerals, Fossils and Gemstones Sale.   The fascinating fossil, from the Cretaceous period was unearthed in the Khouribga Basin in Morocco and is one of the highlights of the 170 lots on offer on Saturday 13th August at 12 noon.

With a estimate of between £2,500 and £3,500, the crocodile is likely to attract interest from the UK and beyond.  Other lots include ammonite, mammoth teeth and mineral specimens such as Blue John, Amber, Lapis Lazuli and Fluorite gathered from around the world.

 To coincide with the auction, Tennants Garden Rooms is also hosting its first specialist two-day Mineral and Fossil Fair to be held on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August.  There will be more than 60 different stalls exhibiting a huge variety of rocks, minerals, fossils and gemstones; it will be an event that all levels of collector or enthusiast can enjoy.  Entry to the Fair is free of charge and is open from 10am – 5pm (4pm Sunday).  There is free parking, plus a café and restaurant, free exhibitions and galleries visitors can also enjoy.  Click here for more details on our café and restaurant.

 Auction viewing is Thursday 11th August 9.00am – 5pm and Friday 12th August 9.00am – 6pm. There will also be an opportunity to view from 7am on the morning of the sale.  For more information, visit Tennants.co.uk

Watch your fingers! Jessica Fall (left) and Laura Hodgson from Tennants finish preparing the crocodile for auction.

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