Auctioneers make no bones of dino scoop

Central Station | 13 Apr 2018

Skeletons of two types of dinosaurs that roamed the Earth about 150 million years ago fetched "exceptional" prices of a combined 2.85 million euros (HK$27.68 million) at an auction in Paris.

The diplodocus - a herbivore measuring 12 meters from nose to tail - sold for 1.44 million euros, while the allosaurus, at just 3.8 meters, fetched 1.41 million euros.

Only about five dinosaur skeletons are auctioned every year, mostly bought by ultra-rich collectors or museums in Europe or the US. China enthusiasts are fast catching up.

"Dinosaurs have become cool, trendy - real objects of decoration, like paintings," said fossil sales expert Iacopo Briano, citing actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicolas Cage among avid collectors.

In 1997, McDonald's and Walt Disney bought for US$8.36 million (HK$65.21 million) Sue - the most complete and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever found - for the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

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