New York (AFP) – One of the most complete specimens of a T-Rex fossil in the world was sold for a record USD31.8 million on Tuesday by Christie’s in New York, nearly quadrupling the previous highest price for a dinosaur at auction.
The apex predator made mincemeat of Christie’s opening price of between six and eight million dollars, showing off the lasting power of the T-Rex.
It then shredded the previous record set by a specimen called Sue that was sold for USD8.4 million in October 1997 by Sotheby’s to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Only around 50 Tyrannosaurus fossils have been discovered since the first was unearthed in 1902.
More details on Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin