These fossils of skeletons arouse a growing craze. A juvenile specimen 3.80 m long was sold for € 1.4M including premium by Binoche et Giquello on April 11, 2018 from an estimate of € 500K.
When paleontologists begin to release a new fossil in 2013 they immediately believe that it is an allosaurus. After the completion of its excavation in 2015 and of its preparation in 2017 they observe that this beast was different from allosaurs by a slightly larger quantity of teeth. The bone structure also has a few unprecedented characteristics including an extended shape of the pubis.
This dinosaur 2.60 m high, nearly 9 m long and 70% preserved was an old adult. It was probably dead by a fall in the river and not in a landslide because its bones were not compressed during the fossilization, allowing for example to construct with accuracy the three-dimensional shape of its muzzle. Its bone pathologies are discernible.
It has been inspected by specialists but it remains to find its actual place in the evolution of theropods. Its next owner will be invited to contribute to its scientific designation.
After a public exhibition on reservation from June 2 to 4 on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, this fossil will be sold by Aguttes in Neuilly-sur-Seine on June 4 in duplex with its showroom. It is estimated beyond € 1,2M, lot 1. Please watch the video shared by the auction house.
SOLD for € 1.58M before fees