150-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton to be auctioned in New York

150-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton to be auctioned in New York
150-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton to be auctioned in New York

New York, May 29 (EFE).- The most complete and best preserved skeleton of a ‘Stegosaurus’ dinosaur that lived 150 million years ago, will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York on July 17 with a starting price between 4 and 6 million dollars.

According to Sotheby’s today, it is the “best specimen” of this recognizable dinosaur that is up for auction and the institution has also collaborated with the owner since its discovery two years ago in Colorado (USA), the first association of its kind. .

The ‘stegosaurus’ is a herbivorous dinosaur from the late Jurassic period with an arched back and spine crowned by spines that run from the head to the tail.

The specimen up for auction, nicknamed ‘Apex’, measures about 3 meters high and 6 meters long, and has no signs of combat or damage caused by predators but rather evidence of arthritis, which indicates that it reached an advanced age, a statement indicates. .

Sotheby’s has a long history of selling dinosaur fossils since in 1997 it was the first house to offer a complete skeleton, the famous Tyrannosaurus Rex “Sue”, which sold for $8.36 million and can be seen at the Field Museum from Chicago.

Recently, this institution sold the complete skeleton of a Gorgosaurus, a relative of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, for more than 6 million dollars, and also for a similar price it sold a skull of the king predator, while Christie’s, a rival house, has achieved collections greater.

At Christie’s, a ‘Deinonychus’ dinosaur skeleton sold this year for 12.4 million, although below the record for a fossil, which it has held since 2020, when it sold a complete T-Rex, nicknamed ‘Stan’, for 31.8 millions.

In recent decades, dinosaur fossils have been appearing at auctions with increasingly higher prices to the concern of paleontologists, who claim that their place is in research centers and not in private collections. EFE

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