One of the complete T. Rex discovered skulls worth over $20 million at auction. The skull will likely become one of the most valuable fossils ever sold at auction.
The market for dinosaur bones remains hot despite the controversy around the sale of the ancient specimens hence, a massive tyrannosaur skull (one of the best and most complete ever discovered) is estimated to sell for over $20 million at auction next month.
Maximus, as it is popularly called is believed to be 76 million years old, as the skull is popularly nicknamed. The auction firm Sotheby’s says it stands about 6 foot 7 and weighs more than 200 pounds.
Sotheby’s added that the skull is in remarkable condition, with all the tooth-bearing JW elements preserved along with most of the external bones on each side of the skull, which is extremely rare for specimens of its kind.
Proceeding on how the skull was discovered, Sotheby’s said that the skull was excavated from private land that makes up a section of the Hell Creek formation in South Carolina, which has yielded more tyrannosaur fossils than anywhere else on earth.
The dig site where the skull was discovered had been weathered over millions of years, and the skull was the only part of the skeleton that had not been destroyed by erosion, Sotheby’s added.
The skull which according to Sotheby’s will likely become one of the most valuable fossils ever sold at auction will go on sale on 9, December.
Prices for dinosaurs have always been high since the one called, Sue that was first ever sold at auction fetched $8.36 million in 1997. The prototype for Jurassic park’s Velociraptor was sold for $12.4 million in May and a 70 million-year-old skeleton of the dinosaur Gorgosaurus fetched $6.1 million in July.
Some of the well-known dinosaur collectors are actors Nicolas cage, Russel Crowe, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Scientists have however argued against the sale of dinosaur bones to private collectors stating that museum and research facilities cannot compete with the high price of specimens at auction. they also argued that private collectors acquiring fossils could also keep the bones hidden from the public and from being studied by experts.