Dinosaur lovers are on a date with an amazing surprise, in case they are millionaires. One of the most complete skeletons in the world- the dinosaur “Stanley”- will be offered at auction for an amount ranging between 6 to 8 million dollars.
Christie’s is putting up a dinosaur skeleton of the “Tyrannosaurus” family, for sale at auction on the 6th of October in New York.
Tyrannosaurus was named after the archaeologist who found its bones. It weighed between 7 and 8 tons and was 12 meters long.
The skeleton with an estimated age of 67 million years was discovered in 1987 near Buffalo, South Dakota, USA.
Research scientists from the Geological Research Institute in Black Hills, in the state, devoted more than 3,000 hours of work to excavating and reshaping the 188-bone skeleton.
Since then, the structure has been used to prepare models that simulate this dinosaur in dozens of museums around the world wanting to keep a copy of it.
After a stop in Japan, the skeleton has been on display since 1996 at the Black Hills Institute.
The official in charge of the Department of Scientific Tools and Natural History at the “Christie’s” House in London, said that the auction was held after a dispute between the institute’s directors.
The law allows the sale of the skeleton if it is discovered on private land, which is the case with this model.
The value of the fossilized skeleton is estimated at between 6 and 8 million dollars, which would break the record price in this area, which was achieved by another tyrannosaurus known as “Sue”, according to “AFP”.
Sue was sold at auction to Sotheby’s in October 1997, for $ 8.4 million, at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
Only about fifty tyrannosaur skeletons have been found since the world’s first specimen in 1902.