Gorgosaurus tipped to fetch $8 million at New York auction

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jul 06 2022 07:26 AM | Updated as of Jul 06 2022 07:36 AM

Cassandra Hatton, Sotheby's Global Head of Science and Popular Culture, walks past a full skeleton of a Gorgosaurus dinosaur on display at Sotheby’s auction house as part of a preview of an upcoming Natural History auction in New York, New York, USA, 05 July 2022. The dinosaur fossil – which is almost 10 feet tall and is one of the only full skeletons to be offered for sale since 1997 – will be auctioned on July 28, 2022 in New York and is expected to sell for an estimated $5 million to $8 million. Justin Lane, EPA-EFE
Cassandra Hatton, Sotheby's Global Head of Science and Popular Culture, walks past a full skeleton of a Gorgosaurus dinosaur on display at Sotheby’s auction house as part of a preview of an upcoming Natural History auction in New York, New York, USA, 05 July 2022. The dinosaur fossil – which is almost 10 feet tall and is one of the only full skeletons to be offered for sale since 1997 – will be auctioned on July 28, 2022 in New York and is expected to sell for an estimated $5 million to $8 million. Justin Lane, EPA-EFE

Gorgosaurus dinosaur is going up for auction for the first time and is expected to fetch between $5 million and $8 million, Sotheby's said Tuesday.

The auction house will put the specimen, which is 10 feet tall and 22 feet long, under the hammer in New York on July 28.

Sotheby's described the skeleton as "one of the most valuable dinosaurs to ever appear on the market."

The Gorgosaurus roamed the earth approximately 77 million years ago. 

A typical adult weighed about two tonnes, slightly smaller than its more famous relative, the Tyrannosaurus rex.

Paleontologists say it was fiercer and faster than the T-Rex, with a stronger bite of around 42,000 newtons compared to 35,000.

The skeleton was discovered in the Judith River Formation near Havre, in the US state of Montana in 2018.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The sale will mark the first time that Sotheby's has auctioned a full dinosaur skeleton since it sold Sue the T-Rex in 1997 for $8.36 million.

"All of the other specimens of Gorgosaurus that have been found are in museums," Cassandra Hatton, Sotheby's head of Science and popular culture, told AFP.

"This is the only one that you can actually buy so it's an exciting moment, both for private collectors and institutions," she added.

Unlike other countries, the United States does not restrict the sale or export of fossils, meaning the skeleton could end up overseas.