Tyrannosaurus auction: Dinosaur skeleton sold for over $1 million at Heritage Auctions (Photo)

By on May 21, 2012 in Animals, Lifestyle, United States Comments

A nearly completed skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Bataar dinosaur, an Asian cousin of T-Rex, as shown in the photo below, was sold for more than $1 million at Heritage Auctions in New York on Sunday, May 20, 2012.



Tyrannosaurus dinosaur skeleton, which was
sold at Heritage Auctions for over $1 million

Image Credit: HA.com

According to a post by Heritage Auctions on its official website that day, the Tyrannosaurus skeleton, which stands 8 feet (2.4 meters) high and measures about 24 feet (7.3 meters) long, was sold for $1,052,500, despite dispute over the legality of the sale.

As noted in the report, the sale of the said dinosaur skeleton was approved under a resolution of a Texas state court, with Mongolian President Elbegdorj Tsakhia claiming that the fossil, which was unearthed in Gobi Desert, has been taken out of his country illegally.

“We respect the various opinions on the subject and wish to protect the legal rights of all parties involved. We have legal assurances from our reputable consignors that the specimen was obtained legally.” Heritage Auctions President Greg Rohan was quoted at HA.com.

“As far as we know, the Mongolian government has not produced any evidence that the piece originated in its territory, but the final determination will be up to the American legal system.” Rohan added, with the body of the auctioned skeleton having 75% complete and the skull is 80%.

Apparently, the sale of this rare Tyrannosaurus skeleton, earlier expected to fetch between $950,000 and $1,500,000, marked the first time where a fully prepared Tyrannosaur has been made sold at public auction. ‘Sue the T-Rex‘, which was sold in 1996 for $8.3 million, was still in field jackets.


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Tyrannosaurus dinosaur skeleton, which was sold at Heritage Auctions for over $1 million
Image Credit: HA.com


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