Million-$-dino sold at auction in France

2016-12-11 21:55
The skeleton of an Allosaurus is exhibited at Lyon Brotteaux Aguttes auction house. (Jeff Pachoud,	 AFP)

The skeleton of an Allosaurus is exhibited at Lyon Brotteaux Aguttes auction house. (Jeff Pachoud, AFP)

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Lyon - A nearly complete dinosaur skeleton sold for more than one million dollars at auction in the eastern French city of Lyon late on Saturday, the Aguttes auction house said.

The Allosaurus, a ferocious carnivore named Kan whose species went extinct about 135 million years ago, fetched $1.2m, Aguttes said.

Discovered in 2013 in the Jurassic Era Morrison Formation in the western United States, the specimen is more than 7.5m long and 2.5m tall.

The unnamed buyer is French and the skeleton will remain in France and go on public display, an Aguttes spokesperson  said, without revealing when or where the unveiling would take place.

The buyer, who made the purchase by telephone, "wants to keep the location a surprise", the spokesperson said.

The skeleton is three-quarters complete and shows Kan in a running position with its mouth open.

The auction house described the beast as "the archetype of the great predators of the Jurassic Era".

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