London: A rare woolly mammoth skeleton has been bought by a private buyer for nearly USD 300,000 at a British auction.
Summers Place Auctions near Billingshurst in southern England said on Wednesday that the skeleton was one of the most complete examples of the Ice Age mammal.
It was also unusually large and is thought to have weighed up to six tons.
Curator Errol Fullor says it was unusual for a nearly complete skeleton to come on the market for sale.
The skeleton had been part of a private collection in Eastern Europe but had not been assembled and mounted until it was prepared for auction.
The fee includes the buyer's premium.