FOR SALE: A unique opportunity to own a complete and historic collection of British butterflies and almost complete collection of British macro-moths. Every species, subspecies and major form of every British butterfly is represented, most extinct species and subspecies are represented by genuine British examples and the collection also includes many striking aberrations. All migrant and immigrant species are also present, many are genuine British examples.
The collection includes 4 British Large Coppers, a British Mazarine Blue, British Black-veined
Whites and many British Large blues to name but a few. The moth collection is almost complete, there are a few gaps but these are mostly of rare immigrants or insular subspecies. Like the butterflies most of the extinct and rare species are represented by genuine British examples and there are also many good aberrations. Included are species such as 5 British Reed Tussock , 6 British Cudweed, 2 British Conformist and many, many more.
The butterflies and tail end of the moth collection is housed in a 28 drawer Crockett cabinet which is in need of some restoration but is in sound condition. The bulk of the moths are in a 34 drawer home-made cabinet, which again could use a little work to tidy it up. The total for the cabinets is over 6,500 specimens most of which are in A1 condition.
I have conservatively priced the butterflies up and they alone come to over £10,000. The moths would be worth at least that much again. But as I am after a quick sale I would accept offers over £15,000, this would include both cabinets and also three near full storeboxes of 'spare' moths which include many rarities.
I can send photos and lists if required but a view by appointment would be much better. The collection is in Northwest Kent. I can be contacted by email at:
email@example.com or you can send me a text on 07944 051 676 (Dave Rolfe). This is not only a once in a lifetime opportunity to own an almost complete British collection but it is also a good investment as the prices of all species will steadily increase, extinct species will increase even more.