Sotheby‘s auction house in New York has sold a rare intact skeleton of a Gorgosaurus for nearly 6.1 million dollars. According to the auction house, it was the first Gorgosaurus skeleton to ever go under the hammer. All other Gorgossaurus remains are, as far as we know, part of museum collections.
The Gorgosaurus, which is related to the better known Tyrannosaurus rex, lived some 77 million years ago in present-day North America. This particular skeleton was discovered in 2018 in Havre, Montana, not far from the border with Canada.
Like the T. rex, this Gorgosaurus has a large head, an impressive beak full of jagged teeth and two short front arms. The skeleton is 3 meters high and almost 7 meters long, making the Gorgosaurus smaller than the T. rex. It is assumed that’s why he was faster.
Trix and Dippy
The anonymous buyer of the skeleton is allowed to give his new purchase a nickname, as often happens with intact dinoskeletons. For example, museum Naturalis in Leiden has a T. rex called Trix and the Natural History Museum in London a Diplodocus called Dippy. What name the Gorgosaurus gets is still unknown. On social media, Gorgeous George is doing well.
It‘s the second time Sotheby’s has auctioned off a dinosaur skeleton. In 1997, the auction house sold a T. rex named Sue to the Field Museum in Chicago for over $8 million. That wasn‘t the most expensive fossil ever sold: the record was set two years ago, when T. rex Stan’s remains turned out to be worth nearly $32 million at auction.