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Palaeontology

Allosaurus skeleton to fetch $1M at auction

September 13, 2015 | Comment icon 4 comments



An adult Allosaurus could grow up to 43ft in length. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 daveynin
The impressive and rare dinosaur skeleton is set to be sold at auction in the UK later this year.
The near-complete skeleton, which belonged to a juvenile Allosaurus, is believed to date back 150 million years and is estimated to be worth somewhere in the region of $1 million.

Originally discovered at a quarry in Wyoming, the prehistoric carnivore skeleton is one of the most complete Allosaurus specimens ever found with its articulated jaw and teeth still mostly intact.

"The Allosaurus, together with the T-Rex, had become the quintessentially large, carnivorous dinosaur in western popular culture," said Rupert van der Werff of Summers Palace Auctions.
"Given the size of this Allosaurus it also adds the cute factor and may not just attract interest from museums but could also be the wow factor in a luxurious living room."

At 9ft long the skeleton would require a large living room indeed however a museum or other scientific or educational establishment would certainly seem a more appropriate place for it.

"Itís half the size of an adult, so itís more manageable and would fit in a lot of homes, as well as private institutions," said van der Werff. "We could see it going to either a museum or a collector."

Anyone with $1M to spare can attempt to bid on the specimen in the UK on November 25th.

Source: Inquisitr.com | Comments (4)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Black Monk 7 years ago
£500,000? You've got to be joking. I'd buy it for a tenner.
Comment icon #2 Posted by BeastieRunner 7 years ago
Dang ... I bet he'd like to cash in on his net worth!
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
"Itís half the size of an adult, so itís more manageable and would fit in a lot of homes, as well as private institutions," said van der Werff. "We could see it going to either a museum or a collector." What an interesting conversation piece to have in the corner of a room. I guess it would also scare the crap out of a burglar. I wonder how much the fire insurance for that thing will be? Lloyds of London surely would bite on it. I guess $1MM is reasonable for a 150 million year old antique!
Comment icon #4 Posted by newbloodmoon 7 years ago
Oooh oooh I want one! Unfortunately I doubt my bank would give me a large enough lone.


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