A very rare elk rack from an ice-age was part of a New Zealand auction on November 8, and sold for $28,000.

The antlers, belong to an Irish Elk, an animal that’s been extinct for about 11,000 years. According to the University of California Museum of Paleontology, the elk stood at a staggering 7 feet tall, and was found in many other areas beyond present-day Ireland. Similar remains have been found in Europe, Asia and Africa, yet the most preserved fossils have come from the bogs of Ireland.

The antlers are still attached to the skull, and appear to have been preserved quite nicely. It’s definitely a very unique, and not to mention, awesome looking piece of history that could really jazz up any hunting cabin.

Image courtesy James St. John Flickr

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