The fossilized skeleton of a relative of the T rex will be auctioned off in New York this month, Sotheby’s has announced.
The Gorgosaurus roamed the earth around 76 million years ago.
The dinosaur was an apex carnivore that lived in what is now the western United States and Canada during the late Cretaceous period.
The theropod predates its relative, Tyrannosaurus rex, by 10 million years.
The creature’s remains will be a highlight of Sotheby’s natural history auction on July 28.
The specimen being sold was discovered in 2018 in the Judith River Formation near Havre, Montana, Sotheby’s said.
It is nearly 10 feet tall and 22 feet long.
All other known Gorgosaurus skeletons are in museum collections, making it the only specimen available for private ownership, according to the auction house.
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Cassandra Hatton, Global Head of Science and Popular Culture at Sotheby’s, 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 amazing Gorgosaurus. skeleton.”
Sotheby’s pre-sale estimate for the fossil is between $5m and $8m (£4.1m and £6.6m).