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A rare bird’s egg collected from a tree in Bedfordshire by an amateur ornithologist which went on to be placed third in The Nation’s Greatest Find 2010 competition will be one of the star lots in an upcoming London auction.

The egg is of a Long-billed Murrelet, a species of Auk, and is only the second recorded in Europe. It is expected to sell for £600-800 in the auction, which is organised by a division of Sotheby’s and will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday July 3-4 with public viewing at 45 Maddox Street W1 on Thursday June 28 from 10am-4.30pm or by previous arrangement.

“It is a most beautiful egg,” said the man who found it, who asked not to be named. “I’ve been egg collecting for about 10 years and it’s among the best things I’ve ever found. When I heard about the competition, I had no hesitation in entering it and I was thrilled when it came third.”

The competition, which took place at the HQ of English Nature is organised annually by The Egg Collector, a specialist magazine for people involved in the hobby. The judges included the Head and Deputy Head of English Nature. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey paid a visit during the judging.

The egg had been reported to English Nature as required and the money raised by the sale will be divided between the finder and the owner of the tree.

Anyone that is indignant or incredulous that their taxes are being used to promote the seeking of national assets for personal gain and the positive encouragement of such a desperately crass, low-brow, uncultured, anti-society process should read this.

 

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More Heritage Action views on metal detecting and artefact collecting

 

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