You have limited time to see the 77-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton at Sotheby’s before its auction!

One of the best preserved specimens of the prehistoric apex predator Gorgosaurus, the rare dinosaur skeleton will be on public display from July 21 at Sotheby’s NYC.
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The Gorgosaurus dinosaur skeleton at Sotheby’s in New York City. Image: Courtesy Sotheby’s.

 A full-size skeleton of a Gorgosaurus dinosaur is going up for auction for the first time in over 20 years at Sotheby’s. The 10-foot-tall, 22-foot-long Gorgosaurus will be the first of its kind ever offered at auction — and is expected to fetch between USD5 million and USD8 million (INR 39,64,52,500 to INR 63,43,24,000).

If you wish to witness the gigantic frame in all its glory, arrive at Sotheby’s New York City on July 21, where it will be on public display until its auction set for 10 am on July 28. The Gorgosaurus roamed the earth in Western North America during the Late Cretaceous period, approximately 77 million years ago. A typical adult, as Paleontologists believe, weighed about two tons (1,814 kg) and was slightly smaller but fiercer and faster than the T-Rex.

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An employee demonstrating the size of the dinosaur skeleton. Image: Julia Nikhinson/AP.

And this one in particular was excavated in 2018 in the Judith River Formation in Montana and is renowned for being “remarkably pristine”. The sale will mark the first time that one of the world’s largest brokers of fine and decorative art, jewellery, and collectibles has auctioned a full dinosaur skeleton since it sold Sue the T-Rex in 1997 for USD8.36 million (INR 65,81,11,150) .

The only complete one of Gorgosaurus to ever come to auction will rival some of the most popular auctions of paleontological remains in recent times, including Christie’s sale of a raptor skeleton that fetched USD12.4 million (INR 98,85,36,680) in May 2022.  

“In my career, I have had the privilege of handling and selling many exceptional and unique objects, but few have the capacity to inspire wonder and capture imaginations quite like this unbelievable Gorgosaurus skeleton,” said Cassandra Hatton, Sotheby’s global head of science and popular culture.

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