T-rex skeleton to go under the hammer in Zurich

This T-rex in a museum near Zurich (archive picture) measures 15 metres. The Trinity T-rex on auction is no less impressive: 11.6 metres in length and nearly four metres tall. Keystone / Guenthart

The skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur will be up for sale in Switzerland next month - apparently a first in Europe and only the third such auction worldwide.

This content was published on March 11, 2023 - 13:15

The 67-million year-old item, named Trinity, is expected to fetch between CHF5 -8 million ($5.4-8.6  million), according to the Zurich-based auction house, KollerExternal link

With a length of 11.6 metres and a height of 3.9 metres, Trinity is one of the most spectacular T. rex skeletons in existence, a well-preserved and brilliantly restored fossil, experts say.

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. Therefore,  only 50% of the bones are original, which is a good value according to the auction catalogue.

The public sale is scheduled for April 18.

The auction house is trying to refute criticism that the sale of dinosaur skeletons to private individuals could result in the loss of valuable research material.

In the catalogue, the curator of the collection of the planned new Natural History Museum of the University of Zurich is quoted as saying that the trade in dinosaur skeletons is comparable to the art trade.

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