The largest tyrannosaurus fossil in history sold for 920 million


The 67 million-year-old fossil “Stan”, the largest tyrannosaurus in history, will be sold at Christie’s evening auction on October 6. The estimated transaction price will fall between 6 million and 8 million US dollars (about NT$ 170 million). To 230 million yuan). Heathrop, director of the auction, said: “It is an honour for us to manage this representative fossil.”

The world’s most complete and largest Tyrannosaurus fossil has been sold. The sale price is USD 31,847,500 (about NT$920 million) at Christie’s in New York.

In 1987, amateur archaeologist Stan Sacrison straddling the Hell Creek Valley strata across Montana, Wyoming, and North and South Dakota. Discovered the first bone of the Tyrannosaurus fossil “STAN” (STAN). At first, Stan had been mistaken for a triceratops fossil. It was not until 1992 that paleontologists revealed his life-Tyrannosaurus.


In 1987, amateur archaeologist Stan Sacrison discovered the first bone of the Tyrannosaurus rex fossil “STAN” in the formations of the Hell Valley. (Taken from Christie’s website).

The first bone of the Tyrannosaurus rex fossil

Excavating and repairing its bones is more than 30,000 hours by Archaeologists. Stan was reported that is about 4 meters tall and 12 meters long, with a skeleton composed of 188 bones. Archaeologists predict that it weighed as much as 7 to 8 tons during the lifetime, which is about twice the weight of the African elephant today.

Stan is about 4 meters tall and 12 meters long. Composed of 188 bones for his skeleton. The “most complete and largest Tyrannosaurus rex fossil in the world.”

4 meters tall, 12 meters long and composed of 188 bones

Stan was unearthed for more than 20 years, and archaeologists at the Black Hills Geological Institute in Black Buffalo, New York, devoted themselves to studying its skeleton. As a result, published and extensive dozens of papers. In addition, obtained the research also.

Christie’s in New York exhibited the Tyrannosaurus Stan. In addition, sold the  Tyrannosaurus Stan at an auction on October 6. The hammer price is between $6 million and $8 million (estimated).


James Hyslop, director of Christie’s Science and Global Natural History Department, said: “It is an honour with the management of such a historic”. He also said that important Tyrannosaurus fossil auctioned at our venue.” Moreover, he added. , Stan will be exhibited in the window of Christie’s Rockefeller Centre (Rockefeller Centre) around the clock. “This special exhibition method allows everyone to watch such a representative Tyrannosaurus while maintaining a safe social distance. fossil.”

James Hyslop, director of Christie’s Science

After decades of rebuilding the skeleton, paleontologists confirmed that the Tyrannosaurus fossil discovered in western Canada in 1991. Furthermore, discovered the largest Tyrannosaurus in the world.

Also, the lead author of the study and a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta, Scott Persons, said: “This is the Tyrannosaurus of Tyrannosaurus. Besides, the size of Tyrannosaurus can be significantly different. Some are slender and some are thicker. .”

Then, they filmed castings for dozens of museums around the world. They wanted to replicate this special specimen of Tyrannosaurus. Experts believe that the specimen was 20 years old when it died.

Also, Stan is the most exhibited Tyrannosaurus fossil in the world.

Ironically, the terms of the sale prevent the buyer from producing 3D models of the dinosaur.


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