This is not for the living room: In the UK, nearly complete skeleton of a 150-million year old dinosaur has now been auctioned. An institution should have been buyers.
Misty had to endure so much in recent weeks: the gigantic skeleton of a dinosaur is (480,000 euros) was auctioned in Britain for 400,000 pounds. The 150 million year old dinosaur of the genus Diplodocus was the elegant showpiece of evolutionary auction at Summers Place Auctions in southern England Billinghurst. To get to the auction location, it had to be broken down into all its component parts and then reassembled. The estimate had been lying 400000-600000 pounds. New owner had since Wednesday an unspecified “public institution”.
This ensures, according to the auction house, that Misty is the future of the public. “We hope that Misty finds a home where they can still be seen 150 million years,” said auctioneer James Rylands. Great interest had shown from countries in the Middle East and Asia, but also private individuals, museums. Skeletons of this type have been witnessing in recent times an upswing as a showpiece, said expert Errol Fuller before the auction.
The rare and well-preserved skeleton was excavated in 2009 by the sons of German geologists and fossil dealer Raymond Albers villages in the United States. The six-meter tall skeleton was discovered by the team in a quarry in Wyoming.
According to the Natural History Museum in London there are in museums worldwide, only about six relatively intact dinosaur skeletons of this genus. “It’s really a very exciting discovery. We hope that the skeleton of a day comes in a museum and is available for trials,” said Martha Richter, an expert of the museum. The house, himself the owner of numerous plaster dinosaurs had previously excluded themselves as buyers of Misty.
Misty had been brought to a private area in the United States after the excavation to Europe. In a fossil laboratory in Rotterdam, the bones were assembled in painstaking puzzle work.
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