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A dinosaur skeleton for sale could fetch $500,000 at auction in Paris

It’s dino decor.

A 152-million-year-old dinosaur skeleton called Zephyr will be auctioned in Paris next month and is expected to sell for nearly $500,000.

“It’s a dinosaur for the living room,” said Giquello auctioneer Alexandre Giquello of the fossilized Iguanodon skeleton.

Zephyr is only 1.2 feet tall but 9.8 feet long. It belonged to a dinosaur that lived in the Utah and Colorado area during the Jurassic period. Although small, the herbivores could weigh up to 880 pounds.

The fossil to be auctioned was discovered in Colorado in 2019 during road construction on private land. The remains have since been restored by a team of Italian paleontologists.

The skeleton of a dinosaur named Zephyr, measuring 1.3 meters high and 3 meters long, that lived about 150 million years ago is displayed before its auction at Drouot auction house in Paris, France, September 7, 2022.
The fossil is only 1.2 feet tall but 9.8 feet long.
REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier
Expert Iacopo Briano shows Zephyr's skull.
Zephyr lived about 150 million years ago during the Jurassic Age.
AP/Francois Mori
The skeleton of a dinosaur named Zephyr, measuring 1.3 meters high and 3 meters long, that lived about 150 million years ago is displayed before its auction at Drouot auction house in Paris, France, September 7, 2022.
Zephyr was discovered in Colorado in 2019 while constructing a road on private land.
REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Zephyr will be auctioned at auction house Giquello on October 20th. It is estimated at 400,000 to 500,000 euros. Bids can be placed remotely.

In 2021, Giquello sold “Big John”, the largest Triceratops known to date, for a whopping 6,651,100 euros.

The year before, the auction house had sold an 11-foot-tall and 132-foot-long dinosaur skeleton for €3 million.

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https://nypost.com/2022/09/08/dinosaur-skeleton-for-sale-could-net-500k-at-paris-auction/ A dinosaur skeleton for sale could fetch $500,000 at auction in Paris

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