GORGOSAURUS! THE 76 MILLION YEAR-OLD DINOSAUR HITS NYC
Sotheby's has announced that one of the best preserved T-Rex specimens will be auctioned later this month..
The fossilized skeleton of a of T. rex the apex predator's that roamed the earth about 76 million years ago will be auctioned in New York Sotheby’s natural history auction to be held on July 28.
Gorgosaurus a smaller yet faster and more vicious cousin of Tyrannosaurus rex roamed the western United States and Canada during the late Cretaceous Period almost 10million years before its more famous relative the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
The 10-foot-tall and 22-foot-long fossilized skeleton was discovered in 2018 in the Judith River Formation near Havre, Montana, USA and is the only complete skeleton of Gorgosaurus to ever come to auction. According to Sotheby’s, the specimen has a particularly well-preserved skull, including the three major bones that create the orbit, which distinguishes the Gorgosaurus from the T. rex. The sale is a rare chance for a private collector to acquire such a piece, the auction house adds, since all the other examples of Gorgosaurus are held by public museums.
Sotheby’s presale estimate for the fossil is $5 million to $8 million, the dinosaur can be viewed in person at Sotheby’s New York, from July 21–28.