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Collector buys rare woolly mammoth skeleton in British auction for nearly $300,000

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2014 file photo, James Rylands, Auctioneer and Director of Summers Place Auctions, prepares the skeleton of an Ice Age woolly mammoth in London. The skeleton has been bought by a private buyer for 189,000 pounds ($300,000) at an auction in London on Wednesday Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/PA, Gareth Fuller) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2014 file photo, James Rylands, Auctioneer and Director of Summers Place Auctions, prepares the skeleton of an Ice Age woolly mammoth in London. The skeleton has been bought by a private buyer for 189,000 pounds ($300,000) at an auction in London on Wednesday Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/PA, Gareth Fuller) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE  (The Associated Press)

A rare woolly mammoth skeleton has been bought by a private buyer for 189,000 pounds (nearly $300,000) at a British auction.

Summers Place Auctions near Billingshurst in southern England said 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 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.