Gorgosaurus skeleton up for auction sells for millions of dollars

New York, New York - The complete skeleton of a Gorgosaurus dinosaur has been auctioned for $6.1 million in New York!

The skeleton of the Gorgosaurus is 10 feet tall and 22 feet long.
The skeleton of the Gorgosaurus is 10 feet tall and 22 feet long.  © ANGELA WEISS / AFP

The 10-foot-tall, 22-foot-long specimen one of the most expensive dinosaur skeletons ever sold at auction, according to auction house Sotheby's.

The estimated price for the enormous fossil was between $5 million and $8 million.

The Gorgosaurus, whose name is derived from the Greek words for "fierce" or "terrible" and "lizard," lived in the Late Cretaceous period and went extinct about 77 million years ago.

The Gorgosaurus usually weighed around two tons and was slightly smaller than its famous relative, the Tyrannosaurus rex.

The specimen up for auction was found in Montana in 2018 and has been in private ownership since.

In May, a skeleton of Deinonychus antirrhopus, which served as the inspiration for the velociraptor from Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, was auctioned at Christie's for $12.4 million – twice the estimate.

A T-Rex skeleton brought in a record sum of $31.8 million in 2020.

Cover photo: ANGELA WEISS / AFP

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