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T-Rex skeleton goes for 4.8M in Switzerland

  • By The Swiss Times
  • 18 April 2023
One of the best-preserved t-rex skeletons in the world was sold at auction this week in Switzerland. Even at nearly 5 million Swiss francs, the skeleton went for less than expected.
T-Rex skeleton goes for 4.8M in Switzerland
Cyril Koller, CEO auction house Koller, gestures next to the head of the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex named Trinity, during an auction of the auction house Koller in Zurich, Switzerland on Tuesday, April 18, 2023. The 11.6 meter long, 3.9 meter high and 67 million year old T-Rex skeleton was assembled from three specimens excavated from 2008 to 2013 in the Hell Creek and Lance Creek formations in the U.S. states of Montana and Wyoming. (KEYSTONE/Michael Buholzer)

(KEYSTONE) A Zurich auction house auctioned the skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus Rex “Trinity” for more than 4.8 million francs on Tuesday. The skeleton is around 67 million years old.

The highest bid at the auction at the Zurich auction house Koller on Tuesday was made by an unknown bidder over the phone. According to the auction house, the expected sale price was between 5 and 8 million francs.

It was only the third auction of a complete T-Rex skeleton in the world and the first to take place in Europe.

The name “Trinity” is no coincidence. The skeleton was assembled from three specimens excavated from 2008 to 2013 in the Hell Creek and Lance Creek formations in the US states of Montana and Wyoming. A little more than 50% of the bones are original, which corresponds to a good value according to the auction catalogue.

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