European Auction Record for an Allosauraus Dinosaur, the T-Rex of the Jurassic Period


PARIS.- The Galerie Charpentier was the setting for a landmark event this evening: Sotheby’s first Natural History sale in Paris. After a five-day viewing that pulled in 4000 visitors, enthusiasm for all the natural marvels, skeletons and fossils on offer was confirmed throughout the sale. Skeletons of prehistoric animals fetched the top prices, led by a complete, skeleton of a 33-foot Allosaurus (the ‘T-Rex’ of Jurassic Period) from Wyoming. The carnivorus dinosaur soared to €1,296,750 – a record in Europe for a dinosaur skeleton. The dimensions of this 70% complete specimen suggest it was a female. In the words of sale expert/consultant Eric Mickeler: ‘A star is born! The Sotheby’s Allosaurus today became part of human history. What will it become known as? We can’t say yet, but I congratulate the buyer for blending excellent taste with daring bidding, in front of a packed saleroom.&#