Dinosaur Auction Features Fighting Pair of Skeletons

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DALLAS (REUTERS).- Natural history buffs with Tyrannosaurus-sized bank accounts got a chance to ante up on Sunday when an unusually large collection of fully assembled, museum-quality dinosaur skeletons was put up for auction. The featured stars of the Heritage Auctions bidding were a “fighting pair” of dinosaur skeletons that sold to a museum for $2.75 million, and an enormous, 19-foot-long triceratops that fetched $657,250 from a private collector. The Dallas auction included more than 200 items, including meteorites, minerals and other fossils. The fighting dinosaurs — an allosaurus and a stegosaurus — were offered together because of their discovery in a Wyoming quarry with the jaw of the allosaurus wrapped around the leg of the stegosaurus, leading to speculation that the two were engaged in a predator-prey battle. Heritage Auctions declined to disclose which museum picked up the pair, though the