T-rex

T-Rex skeleton up for auction for nearly $ 32 million in New York

Paleontology

The amount obtained by the auction of the fossil remains of the dinosaurs surprised all the experts, who had valued the T-Rex between 6 and 8 million dollars. The sample has around 300 pieces.

Stan, a T. Rex almost four meters high and another twelve from the head to the last vertebra of the tail, swept this Tuesday (07.10.2020) at an auction held by Christie’s in New York, United States, where it reached a price of 31.8 million dollars (27 million euros), five times its estimated value.

The dinosaur, scientific name BHI 3033, has thus pulverized the calculations of the experts, who had valued the T. Rex between 6 and 8 million dollars, and also far exceeds the price that was paid in 1997 for Sue, considered the specimen largest and most complete of this animal, which reached 8.36 million dollars.

Stan’s replicas, scattered around the planet, have been seen by thousands of fans of paleontology and the world of dinosaurs, and their auction lasted more than 15 minutes in a fierce battle between several buyers, which led to a price hammer of $ 27.5 million, plus taxes and fees.

“It’s the best T. Rex up for auction since 1996,” explained Christie’s Director of Science and Natural History.

T-Rex head skeleton

The skeleton of this enormous predator that lived 67 million years ago has been seen from September 16 to October 21 in the New York offices of the Christie’s auction house, which can be accessed by making an appointment. although it can also be seen at street level through the showcase of its headquarters, between streets 48 and 49 in downtown Manhattan.

Stan, named after its discoverer, Stan Sacrison, an amateur paleontologist who found his hip bones in the geological region of Hell Creek, in the state of South Dakota in 1987, was ignored at first when to be confused with a Triceratops, “which although it is also an exciting discovery, is a fossil that is quite common to find” in that region.

After a year of excavation and a brief stay in Japan where it was moved for an exhibition, the original 188 bones of its robust skeleton, supported by a steel structure, have been on display since 1996 in the museum of the Black Hills Institute in Dakota. from the south. According to Hyslop, a complete T. rex skeleton is believed to be made up of about 300 pieces.

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