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76 million-year-old dinosaur skeleton going under the hammer!

Published: Jul 2022

A fossilised skeleton of a T-Rex relative that was said to have roamed the earth approximately 76 million years ago is due to be auctioned in New York later this month, Sotheby’s has announced.

Dinsaur Skeleton

The auction house, Sotheby’s said the Gorgosaurus skeleton will highlight their natural history auction on 28th July.

The Gorgosaurus, an apex predator lived in what is now the western United States and Canada during the late Cretaceous Period. It predated its relative the Tyrannosaurus Rex by ten million years.

The skeleton being sold was discovered in 2018 in the Judith River Formation near Havre, Montana and measures nearly 10 feet (3 metres) tall and 22 feet (6.7 metres) long.

Sotheby’s said, all of the other known Gorgosaurus skeletons are housed in museum collections, which means this is the only one available for private ownership.

“In my career, I have had the privilege of handling and selling many exceptional and unique objects, but few have the capacity to inspire wonder and capture imaginations quite like this unbelievable Gorgosaurus skeleton,” Cassandra Hatton, Sotheby’s Global Head of Science and Popular Culture, said.

Sotheby’s presale estimate for the fossilised skeleton is US$5m to US$8m!

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