Stan the T-rex goes up for auction

NEW YORK (AP) — He weighed at least seven tonnes and had eyes the size of baseballs. His bite could have crushed a car. He bore scars from fierce prehistoric battles.

All this could be yours for as much as USD8 million.

The legend of the Tyrannosaurus rex (T-rex) nicknamed Stan is getting fresh life thanks to Christie’s.

The auction house put his bones on display through floor-to-ceiling windows at its midtown Manhattan gallery in advance of putting them up for auction.

“He is 37-feet-long and one of the fiercest killing machines that has ever roamed the earth,” said auction house’s Science and Natural History Department Head James Hyslop.

About 67 million years after Stan did all that roaming and killing, his remains were discovered in 1987 by Paleontologist Stan Sacrison in a geological area in the Midwest known as the Cretaceous Badlands.

The fossils became known for forming one of the most intact dinosaur skeletons ever discovered. Researchers also marvelled at how the skull had large puncture wounds, speculating that they were the result of T-rex warfare.

The skeleton — being put up for sale by the Black Hills Institute in South Dakota — will remain on display through October 21 at Christie’s flagship location at Rockefeller Center. The auction is set for October 6.

Hyslop assured potential buyers that Stan “is being offered with no reserve. So absolutely everyone has a shot at him”.

Stan, one of the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil discovered, is on display at Christie’s in New York. PHOTO: AP