NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE, France – The skeleton of a 42-foot-long dinosaur will be sold at Aguttes, a French auction house, on Thursday, June 13. The 155 million-year-old Diplodocus nicknamed “Skinny” is expected to sell for as much as $2.6 million. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
The Diplodocus skeleton has been on display at Heathrow Terminal for the past two months. It shows important and significant impressions of the skin of the dinosaur, which has never been discovered before on a Diplodocus, making this a uniquely valuable skeleton. It was discovered in shale beds in Wyoming in 2012.
Scientific study indicates it is a new species, a cousin of the diplodocus. An authentic fossil, its skeleton is original, 90 percent complete.
Diplodocus walked the earth in the Late Jurassic some 155-145 million years ago and was a vegetarian dinosaur species with a very long neck, allowing it to feed both high and low. It was huge, tipping the scales at 20,000 kg, feeding on leaves and other soft vegetation using rows of comb-like teeth.
This totally unique dinosaur skeleton is presented in a revolutionary way as a contemporary work of art, but respects all the scientific criteria of preparation and reconstruction. It will be possible to change its initial position a little and to make it take another stance thanks to the interpretation capabilities of the French company, Paleoomove Laboratory, based in Marseille, which specializes in the articulation of dinosaur skeletons.
Eric Mickeler, international expert in natural history, said: “This exceptional skeleton is from a cousin of the Diplodocus. As an original skeleton it is quite remarkable. It is currently the only Diplodocus in the world with the imprint of its skin. It is, therefore, a world first.”
Asked why people invest in buying dinosaurs, Mickeler said, “They are powerful symbols which act as memento mori and remind us of the outcome of all species over the ages. Their sheer size awes people, they are immense and that is part of their fascination for collectors. Buyers look for big impressive aesthetically attractive and well-preserved examples. It is also a case of supply and demand. There are very few found and so prices grow because there is a strong demand for them. So if you are looking seriously to buy one choose the best you can find, the best preserved.”
The dinosaur carries the Eric Mickeler Fossile label, which is a protected brand, to indicate and strongly emphasize the scientific value of this fantastic specimen.