(ANSA) – NEW YORK, OCTOBER 07 – A Tyrannosaurus Rex named Stan was the star of Christie’s auctions, changing hands for 31.8 million dollars, four times the starting estimate and an absolute record for a fossil of dinosaur. 67 million years old, eyes the size of baseball, “it was a real war machine,” commented Christie’s experts who had put it up for sale with an estimate of 6-8 million in an evening that it also included works by twentieth century masters including Cezanne, Picasso, Pollock, Monet, Rothko and Twombly.
It took twenty minutes of phone calls between London and New York to get the price up to Guinness levels. The auction, also thanks to Stan, was followed in streaming by 280,000 spectators, three times the record set by Christie’s in July.
Rebuilt from 188 bones out of a total of about 300, the ferocious dinosaur was four meters high by 12 long and weighed, in life, twice the tonnage of an African elephant today. Displayed in the previous month at Christie’s Rockefeller Center auction, the skeleton is named after the amateur paleontologist Stan Sacrison, who in 1987 discovered its bones in the vast Hell Creek Formation fossil field that stretches across Mondana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota in the northwest of the United States. Stan was offered for sale by the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, the private organization of fossil hunter and collector Pete Larson.
The buyer, who bet on New York by telephone, remained anonymous. (HANDLE).
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