The fossilized skeleton of a T. rex relative that roamed the earth around 76 million years ago will be auctioned in New York this month, Sotheby’s announced Tuesday.
The Gorgosaurus skeleton will feature prominently at Sotheby’s natural history auction on July 28, the auction house has announced.
Gorgosaurus was an apex carnivore that lived in what is now the western United States and Canada during the late Cretaceous. It predated its relative Tyrannosaurus rex by 10 million years.
The specimen being sold was discovered in 2018 in the Judith River Formation near Havre, Montana, Sotheby’s said. It is almost 10 feet (3 meters) high and 22 (6.7 meters) long.
All other known Gorgosaurus skeletons are in museum collections, making it the only specimen available for private ownership, the auction house said.
“During my career, I have had the privilege of handling and selling many exceptional and unique objects, but few have the ability to inspire wonder and capture the imagination like this incredible Gorgosaurus skeleton,” said Cassandra Hatton, global head of science and popular culture at Sotheby’s. , said.
Sotheby’s pre-sale estimate for the fossil is $5-8 million.