Auction house Christie’s announced on Monday it had called off the controversial sale of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton in Hong Kong after its owner decided to lease it to a museum.
The 3,000-pound skeleton, dubbed “Shine,” will go up for auction on Friday, according to Christie’s, which did not disclose the price or name of the seller. “The depositor has now decided to lease it to the museum for public viewing,” the company said in a statement to Agence France-Presse.
Paleontologists criticized the sale and doubted the fossil’s authenticity.
And “you”, who is 4.6 meters tall and 12 meters long, is an adult man who lived about 67 million years ago. It was discovered in 2020 in the US state of Montana.
According to the New York Times, the sales documents did not clearly indicate that Sheen had been partially reconstructed using bones similar to those of another dinosaur. However, according to the newspaper, there are also similarities between the skull of “Shane” and that of “Stan”, another tyrannosaurus, which Christie’s sold in 2020 for $ 31.8 million. The owner of Stan’s intellectual property, the Black Hills Institute for Geological Research, revealed that Shane’s owner bought him replicas of his dinosaur skeleton.
According to experts, it is very rare to find a complete dinosaur skeleton. Tyrannosaurus had a total of 380 bones, but only 80 of the tibia are original, according to Christie.
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