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Christie's NY to auction T Rex skeleton

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The Wistman

The estimate is 6 - 8 million dollars, though the buzz is it'll go for more.  Save your pennies.

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Named Stan in honor of Stan Sacrison, the paleontologist who first found the skeleton’s partially unearthed hip bones, the prehistoric creature is described as “an extraordinary surviving specimen from approximately 67 million years ago.” It stands 13 feet high and measures 40 feet long with the tail outstretched. It has 188 original bones and “eyes the size of baseballs.”

The presale estimate is $6 million to $8 million and there is no reserve, or minimum price. It was consigned by the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research in South Dakota as the result of a settlement agreement. (Christie’s did not elaborate on the settlement details.)

Among previous high prices for dinosaur bones was the $8.4 million Sotheby’s realized in a 1997 sale of a complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton known as Sue, which is now in Chicago’s Field Museum

For the past two decades, Stan has been displayed and studied at the Black Hills Institute in South Dakota. It has inspired dozens of academic articles and studies within the paleontological community.

https://news.artnet.com/market/christies-t-rex-dinosaur-evening-art-auction-1908430

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Eldorado

Stan at YouTube (Christie's video)

 

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jethrofloyd

Do they have a living Stan to sell?

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Carnoferox

It's incredibly disheartening that this specimen is being auctioned off. For over 20 years Stan has been the centerpiece of the Black Hills Institute and the only real mounted T. rex skeleton on display in South Dakota. 

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Carnoferox

I've received some additional info that Pete Larson and the BHI are being forced to auction off Stan by a court judge, as the result of a lawsuit from Pete's brother Neal.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wZ67r9mWQNZKM7mleGqmlsaXsBS9xyOu/view

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The Wistman
48 minutes ago, Carnoferox said:

I've received some additional info that Pete Larson and the BHI are being forced to auction off Stan by a court judge, as the result of a lawsuit from Pete's brother Neal.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wZ67r9mWQNZKM7mleGqmlsaXsBS9xyOu/view

Cripey.  That's low.  I'm not sure how Neil Larson can look himself in the face.  Thanks for the background, deflating as it is.

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Wepwawet

It's almost as if Pete Larson has been cursed, first the nightmare with Sue, and now this with Stan. At least Sue went to a decent home, but who knows what will become of Stan.

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