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.