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World's biggest triceratops "Big John" on sale in Paris

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A Paris auction house will seek to sell in October the world's biggest known example of the dinosaur triceratops, known as "Big John", with the spectacular skeleton on show to the public beforehand, organisers said Tuesday.

"Big John" is the largest known surviving example, 66 million years old and with a skeleton some eight metres long.

It is estimated that it will sell at 1.2 to 1.5 million euros ($1.4-$1.8 million), though dinosaur auction sales have proved very unpredicable in the past.

The dinosaur has an export licence and there are a dozen possible buyers, said Alexandre Giquello of the Giquello house.


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'Big John', world's largest triceratops, sells for $7.7 Million at Auction


'Big John', world's largest triceratops, sells for 6.6mn euros

The final price reached at the Drouot auction house in Paris—5.5 million euros before fees—was well above the expected 1.2 to 1.5-million-euro sale price.

The buyer beat 10 other bidders, with three in particular driving up the price in the final minutes.


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