Story at a glance

  • Remains of the largest triceratops ever discovered sold at an auction on Thursday for around $7.74 million.
  • "It's being acquired by an American collector, and that individual is absolutely thrilled with the idea of being able to bring a piece like this to his personal use," said Djuan Rivers, a representative for the buyer.
  • The dinosaur skeleton, which has a nearly 9 foot long skull, was discovered by geologist Walter W. Stein Bill in 2014.

Remains of the largest triceratops ever discovered sold at an auction on Thursday for around $7.74 million. 

An anonymous buyer purchased the skeleton of the dinosaur dubbed “Big John” — believed to have roamed modern day South Dakota 66 million years ago — at the Drouot auction house  Paris. 


"It's being acquired by an American collector, and that individual is absolutely thrilled with the idea of being able to bring a piece like this to his personal use," said Djuan Rivers, a representative for the buyer, according to Reuters

"The history behind this and the curation of it is absolutely impressive, so to be able to be a part of preserving something of this nature that was actually found in the U.S., in South Dakota, is also something extremely special," Rivers added. 

America is changing faster than ever! Add Changing America to your Facebook or Twitter feed to stay on top of the news.

The dinosaur skeleton, which has a nearly 9-foot long skull, was discovered by geologist Walter W. Stein in 2014 and then taken to Italy for reconstruction, CNN reported

Auctioneer Alexandre Giquello noted that the final sale price was the highest price ever paid for a dinosaur remains in Europe, Reuters noted. Initial projections estimated the skeleton would bring in around $1.74 million. 


READ MORE STORIES FROM CHANGING AMERICA

10-YEAR-OLD BLACK GIRL HANDCUFFED AT SCHOOL IN HAWAII AFTER DRAWING PICTURE

TOP ANALYSTS PREDICT ELON MUSK COULD BECOME WORLD’S FIRST TRILLIONAIRE

UNVACCINATED PEOPLE SHOULD EXPECT TO CATCH COVID-19 EVERY 16 MONTHS

MARK ZUCKERBERG’S MYSTERIOUS NEW ‘METAVERSE’ PROJECT IS HIRING 10,000 PEOPLE

JUST-RELEASED SATELLITE PHOTOS ALLEGEDLY SHOW TRUMP’S DESTRUCTION OF SENSITIVE SAND DUNES DESPITE PROMISES TO PROTECT THEM

Published on Oct 21, 2021