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T-Rex Fossil Fails To Find Home After Vegas Auction

October 4, 2009

A Tyrannosaurus rex is still searching for a home after the minimum price at a Las Vegas auction on the artifact was not met on Saturday.

Auction house Bonhams & Butterfields is talking with several groups and individuals, and Tom Lindgren, the natural history manager, is certain that a sale will be occur soon.

Hopes were that the T-Rex, named “Samson,” would go for over 6 million. However, the highest bid at the auction was only $3.7 million.

Lindgren told the Associated Press that the owner wanted to sell the fossil quickly.

“A number of bidders are still trying to get their financing in line,” he said. “I think we’ll have a home for her pretty soon.”

The fossil that was found 17 years ago in South Dakota is more than half the skeleton of a dinosaur that roamed the Earth over 66 million years ago.

A comparable T. rex fossil went for $8.3 million in 1997 and lives at the Field Museum in Chicago.

Lindgren noted that “Samson” is the third most entire T. rex fossil ever dug up and is the owner of the “finest skull” of all T. rexes ever discovered.

50 other lots made about $1.76 million during the Saturday auction.

“This was the most successful auction we’ve ever had,” Lindgren said.

Image Caption: Tyrannosaurus specimen AMNH 5027 at the American Museum of Natural History. Courtesy Wikipedia

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