Fossil Insect Collection
Absolutely UNIQUE fossil insect collection for sale
A remarkable one-off investment opportunity
During the course of producing book titles (and research over two decades) on amber inclusions and fossil insects I amassed a large collection of specimens in both rock and amber from important localities around the globe, including Europe, Asia and the Americas. The amber component of the collection is now housed in Los Angeles Museum, USA, but the rock preserved insects are still available. These are museum quality fossils and have been identified, in many cases, to species level by some of the leading world authorities. The collection includes many extremely rare organisms (in some cases known only from a single other specimen) and some represent new species. Some species represented are better preserved than their respective holotypes. A signed copy of my book comes with the collection.
The collection consists or around 45 specimens, representing the extant insect orders: Ephemeroptera, Odonata, Orthoptera, Blattodea, Hemiptera, Coleoptera, Raphidioptera, Neuroptera, Hymenoptera, Mecoptera and Diptera.
One option is to auction off the collection via a specialist Natural History auction house. However, I would also be happy to receive realistic offers (in the region of £17,500) from interested institutions (or private individuals). Points to consider when making an offer: 1. This sale is in part intended to compensate for lack of a salary over 10 years of unfunded academic research; 2. The collection took considerable time, international travel and funds to amass; 3. Please remember that this is a one-off opportunity to obtain a unique collection of many figured fossil insects identified by leading world authorities, in some cases to species level; 4. The collection includes new undescribed species; 5. The taxman will take a sizeable chunk of the sale; 6. The specimens form the majority of the Dr D. Penney fossil insect research collection, so it will also have additional historical value in the future. 7. Whoever purchases the collection must collect it in person from the UK. The collection is unlikely to depreciate in value if maintained appropriately, hence this is a potentially lucrative investment opportunity, one that is unlikely to occur again. Anybody wishing to express an interest may contact Dr David Penney by email through (please put "fossil insect collection" in the subject field). Please note this fossil collection is NOT kept on our premises, nor will it be broken up for sale as individual specimens. The sale of this collection will increase significantly the productivity of Siri Scientific Press and the unfunded research of Dr Penney.
Some highlights of the collection are shown below. Clicking on the image will provide more information about that particular specimen. Thank you for looking and please share with others who may be interested.
Insects in rock (various deposits)
Dragonfly wing from the Lower Lias, Lower Sinemurian, Obtusum zone, Black Ven, Charmouth, Dorset, UK
Weevil Leptopius sp. pupation chamber (Coleoptera) from the Tertiary Weipa Bauxite of northern Queensland, Australia. FIGURED SPECIMEN
Water beetle Cybister sp. (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) from the Pleistocene tar pits of Rancho La Brea, California, USA. FIGURED SPECIMEN
Jurassic Orthoptera. FIGURED SPECIMEN
Jurassic mayfly. FIGURED SPECIMEN
Jurassic dragonfly, an unusual specimen in lateral view. FIGURED SPECIMEN
Araripegryllus sp. (Orthoptera: Gryllidae) from the Cretaceous Crato Formation, Brazil. FIGURED SPECIMEN
Cearagryllus perforatorius (Orthoptera: Baissogryllidae) from the Cretaceous Crato Formation, Brazil. FIGURED SPECIMEN
Damselfly Eoprotoneura hyperstigma (Odonata: Protoneuridae) from the Cretaceous Crato Formation, Brazil. FIGURED SPECIMEN
Cockroach Araripeblatta brevis (Blattodea: Araripeblattidae) from the Cretaceous Crato Formation, Brazil. FIGURED SPECIMEN
Giant cicada Colossocossus bechlyi (Hemiptera: Palaeontinidae) from the Cretaceous Crato Formation, Brazil. This specimen is more complete than the holotype, which consists only of an isolated forewing. The hindwing is also preserved in this specimen. FIGURED SPECIMEN
New family of cicada (Hemiptera: Cicadomorpha) from the Cretaceous Crato Formation, Brazil. FIGURED SPECIMEN
Owlfly Cratoscalapha sp. (Neuroptera: Ascalaphidae) from the Cretaceous Crato Formation, Brazil. FIGURED SPECIMEN
Lacewing (Neuroptera: Araripaneuridae) from the Cretaceous Crato Formation, Brazil. FIGURED SPECIMEN