The rare skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex dubbed ‘Samson’ will will be auctioned by international auctioneers Bonhams & Butterfields in Las Vegas on October 3, 2009.
The 66 million-year-old skeleton from the Cretaceous period was excavated near Buffalo, South Dakota more than 15 years ago, and is one of the largest known T-Rex specimens ever found. Samson is fully prepared and mounted, and consists of around 170 bones--over half of a complete skeleton--and measures 40 feet long and 15 feet tall.
The last one of these skeletons sold was Sue, the most complete specimen ever found, who was purchased in 1997 by the Chicago Field Museum for over $8 million.
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