Woolly mammoth to be sold in Billingshurst named

Woolly Mammouth. Summers Place Auctions are selling an Ice Age Woolly Mommouth skeleton which is expected to fetch �150,000 in their sale on the 26th November. Pictured is Auctioneer, James Rylands with the mammouth. Billinghurst. Picture : Liz Pearce. LP230914WM14 SUS-140923-132228008
Woolly Mammouth. Summers Place Auctions are selling an Ice Age Woolly Mommouth skeleton which is expected to fetch �150,000 in their sale on the 26th November. Pictured is Auctioneer, James Rylands with the mammouth. Billinghurst. Picture : Liz Pearce. LP230914WM14 SUS-140923-132228008

A woolly mammoth skeleton which is to be sold by an auction house in Billingshurst has been named following a competition.

The prehistoric beast has been dubbed ‘Monty’.

Summers Place Auctions will sell Monty on Wednesday November 26, and the mammoth is expected to fetch as much as £250,000.

The skeleton, which is 3.5m tall and 5.5m long, has come from a collection in eastern Europe and has been assembled for the first time for the purpose of the sale - but it is still looking for a name.

Curator of the sale Errol Fuller said: “Odd mammoth bones and teeth turn up all across Russia, Europe and even Britain, but a complete skeleton with tusks is a very unusual thing.

“The mammoth is one of the iconic prehistoric animals, a bit like the Tyrannosaurus Rex and saber-toothed tiger.

“We are very pleased to have it, we seem to be developing a reputation for selling these sort of things.”

Summers Place are holding an advisory day on Saturday November 22 where more can be found out about the sale items.