Skeleton T. Rex ‘Stan’ for record amount under the hammer

The skeleton of a 12 metre long Tyrannosaurus Rex will be auctioned off in New York next month. The dinosaur, which has been christened Stan, may go away for a record price.

The 188 bones of Stan‘s skeleton were discovered and excavated in the late 1980s near the American town of Buffalo in South Dakota. The carnivore is about 67 million years old. At first it was thought to be the less rare triceratops, but soon it turned out to be a T. Rex, of which only 50 have been discovered worldwide so far.

James Hyslop of the Christie’s auction office emphasizes the peculiarity of the auction: Obtaining a T. Rex as complete as this is an opportunity that occurs only once in a generation

The auction will take place on 6 October and bids are expected to be between 6 and 8 million dollars, (5 to 6.7 million euros). The record amount ever recorded for a T. Rex is $8.4 million for Stans fellow Sue, in 1997.