A fossil skeleton of a Gorgosaurus that measures 22 feet in length was recently sold to a private buyer for $6.1million.
Gorgosaurus which means, “fierce lizard,”Tyrannosaurus Rex is a distant relative. It stood on two feet and had small arms like its more famous cousin. It may also have been feathered. They walked the Earth 76 millions years ago.
Paleontologists say movies like the “Jurassic Park”Franchises have fuelled so-called Dinomania, which has led to large sales of fossils at auction.
According to Sotheby’s, the skeleton was the first of its kind available for private ownership. It was sold anonymously.
The massive skeleton was discovered on private land in Montana’s Judith River Formation. It has 79 bone elements. CNN reported.
“In my career, I have had the privilege of handling and selling many exceptional and unique objects, but few have the capacity to inspire wonder and capture imaginations quite like this unbelievable Gorgosaurus skeleton,”CNN obtained Cassandra Hatton’s news release. She is Sotheby’s global head of science & popular culture.
“Excavated only a few years ago, a Gorgosaurus has never before been offered at auction, and the opportunity of sharing this dinosaur with the public for the first time is an immense pleasure and a highlight of my career.”