Dinosaur Fossil & Artifact Auction | Estate Collection of Dr. Steven D. Nicklas

Dinosaur Fossil & Artifact Auction | Estate Collection of Dr. Steven D. Nicklas

Dinosaur Fossil & Artifact Auction

August 2024 (Date Tentative)

Dinosaur Fossil & Artifact Auction consisting primarily of the extensive estate collection of Dr. Steven D. Nicklas (Archeologist / Paleontologist). The auction will offer thousands of pieces, to include dinosaur fossils and artifacts from around the globe.

About Dr. Steven Dwight Nicklas (September 17, 1956 - November 13, 2023):

As a child, Steve was able to travel extensively with his family. It was during these years that he developed a passion for archaeology and military history. When he was 14 he discovered evidence of an ancient tribe of Native Americans that inhabited an area near his home in central Pennsylvania. His fascination with archaeology only increased after that time, and his avocation eventually became his vocation.

Dr. Steven D. Nicklas - Archeologist PaleontologistDr. Steven D. Nicklas - Archeologist / PaleontologistSteve did not see himself as a natural academic student even though he earned a bachelor's degree from Lycoming College in Near Eastern archaeology, a master's degree from Drew University in the archaeology of Roman/Byzantine Palestine and a Ph.D. in archaeology of the Roman provinces from the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London. But he has always been able to engage people in discussion and share his joyous enthusiasm about the things he loves. He was an extraordinarily well-read student of history, archaeology, anthropology and paleontology and could expound for hours about anything related to those fields, easily making the material endlessly fascinating even to those with only a passing interest. He put that gift to good use, teaching for many years at Gainesville State College and then at University of North Georgia once GSC merged with North Georgia College and State University in 2013. He was beloved by his many students who were each touched by his exceptional ability to connect with people on both an emotional and intellectual level. He was a brilliant man whose humility and kindness were evident to everyone he met.

Before his academic teaching career began, Steve had the opportunity to excavateSteven D Nicklas Estate Dinosaur Fossil and Artifact Collection Auction 2024 at various archaeological sites both during his own education and after. Some of the highlights included locations such as Lahav, Israel; Caesarea Maritima on the coast of Israel; Beirut, Lebanon and 175 Water Street, New York City.

Twenty-six years ago, Steve turned his dream of giving the masses of amateur fossil fanatics the opportunity to explore and look for their own treasures into reality by founding Paleo Prospectors. He shared his endless enthusiasm exploring in the field with hundreds of clients, many of whom quickly became fast friends. He advanced science by arranging for the Paleo Prospectors team's most important finds to be donated to museums and research institutes across the country and around the world. With one of his best friends, Rob Sula, he later discovered the "Tanis site", which many paleontologists believe is the most important fossil site ever found.

But while his contributions to the academic and scientific worlds are significant, the way he cared for and treated everyone he encountered was even more meaningful. It has been said of him that he "lifted everyone up around him"...that "he was one of the most positive and noble people I have ever met"...that "he changed the course of my entire life"...that he was "a one of a kind human being". His family could not agree more. He was supremely adventurous, unfailingly kind, perpetually optimistic, ever joyful, and full of love for those around him.

Visit Steve's Obituary Page

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Bidding Venues:

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Date & Time | Live Webcast Auction (Bid Live Real-Time Online):

  • August 2024 (Tentative)

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Auction Details

Auction Start Date & Time 08/24/2024 3:00 pm
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