The 76-million-year-old dinosaur fossil skeleton, the only specimen of its kind available for private ownership, will be auctioned in New York City this month, Sotheby’s announced Tuesday.
About 10 feet high and 22 feet long, the skeleton of Gorgosaurus was found in 2018 in the Judith River Formation near Havere, Montana. According to Sotheby’s, the discovery was “exceptional” because of the rarity of gorgosaurus material found in the United States. .
Sotheby’s estimates for fossils range from 5 million to $ 8 million.
Sotheby’s world head of science and culture Cassandra Hatton stated, “Throughout my career, I have had the honour of handling and selling many extraordinary and distinctive artefacts, but very few individuals have the capacity to convey astonishment and grab imagination like this amazing Gorgosaurus skeleton. Culture
Gorgosaurus has never been offered at auction before, and all the other known skeletons are in the museum’s collection, Hatton said.
The supreme carnivore, whose name translates as “terrible” or “terrible” lizard, was roaming the western United States and Canada in the late Cretaceous, about 10 million years before its relative, Tyrannosaurus rex.
Distinctive features of Gorgosaurus include its large head, dozens of curves, serrated teeth, and the front limbs of two small fingers. According to Sotheby’s, a normal adult male can weigh up to 2 tons.
This specimen’s skull, which includes the left maxilla and cranial bones, is exceptionally well-preserved considering that it was a fairly big adult at the time of death. Significantly, the specimen also includes three major bones that make up the orbit, a feature that makes Gorgosaurus a T. Separates it from Rex, “said Sotheby’s.
The excavated area provided a “wonderfully ancient” skeletal condition due to the slowly settling silt of the river.
Gorgosaurus will go on public display for the first time on July 21 at the Sotheby’s York Avenue Gallery in New York. The auction of Sotheby’s natural history will highlight the skeleton on July 28th.