The bones of Tyrannosaurus rex, a species that lived 67 million years ago, will be auctioned on April 18 in Switzerland, the first in Europe, the auction house Koller announced this Saturday in the city of Zurich, Switzerland.
The nearly 12-foot, 35-foot finished specimen, called “Trinity,” is estimated at between $6.5 million and $8.65 million, according to estimates in a catalog published by Koller.
“However, we still have the lowest estimate,” warned Christian Link, an expert in natural history, from the Swiss estate broker.
“This will be the third time in the world and the first time in Europe that a T. rex skeleton will be for sale,” said Link, who noted that “most specimens of this type can only be found in souvenirs.”
More than half of the “Trinity” skeleton had to be assembled for the conformation, using bones from three different specimens, between 2008 and 2013 in the states of Montana and Wyoming, in the northern United States, according to the catalog. . .
Last year, the British auction house Christie’s, based in London, had to withdraw within days of the sale in the territory of Hong Kong, southward, another T-Rex skeleton, also from the state of Montana, due to doubts. Some of his parts, which raised the skeleton, explained his part of the AFP report.
Only about thirty-two adult T-Rex skeletons, among the largest predators ever to have lived on Earth, have been found in the modern world, according to a study published in 2021 by the scientific journal Nature, one of the most prestigious scientific journals. world newspapers published weekly in Britain.
Tyrannosaurus rex is the only known fossil species of a genus of theropod dinosaur that lived during the late Cretaceous period, about 67 million years ago, in what is now North America.
On the other hand, an intact giant Gorgosaurus bone, a cousin of the dinosaur T-rex, and which lived more than seventy-seven million years ago, about three meters high and more than six meters long, was sold in July. 2022, through the multiplication of the Sotheby’s auction house, in New York City, more than six million dollars.