Two dinosaur skeletons sold as hip design objects – one by a Diplodocus, the other by an Allosaurus – auctioned in Paris on Wednesday for more than € 1.4 million.
"The same foreign buyer bought the two dinosaurs," the Drouot auction house said, calling "exceptional" prices for dinosaurs, even though there was no record.
The Diplodocus – a herbivorous giant 12 meters in length 1,444 million euros, compared to 1.41 million for the carnivorous Allosaurus, a dinosaur mint only 3.8 meters long
The two dinosaurs roamed the earth during the late Jurassic period , About 150 Million Years
Only about five dinosaur skeletons are auctioned every year around the world, mostly by very wealthy collectors or museums in Europe or the US.
But the auctioneers have noted a strong interest in China
"Dinosaurs have become cool, trendy-real decorative objects, like paintings," said Fossil sales expert Iacopo Briano AFP in the lead-up to the auction, naming the Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicolas Cage as Fans of Such Oversized Prehistoric Ornaments
The purchaser's nationality on Wednesday was not disclosed.
In 1997, McDonald's and Walt Disney were among the donors who raised $ 8.36 million to Sue – the most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found – for the Field Museum of Buy Natural History in Chicago.
Who wants to buy a dinosaur? Two on sale in Paris