Frugal Fun – Dinosaurs Are a Steal

Reuters reported yesterday about three dinosaurs skeletons (one pair and one lone) that sold at auction run by Heritage Auctions — the pair, an Allosaurus and Stegosaurus found together, for $2.75M and the single, a 19-foot long Triceratops, for $675,000.  The article is interesting for anyone who finds dinos interesting (yours truly, for certain).   It was this quote, which concluded the article, that grabbed my attention though (emphasis mine):

“I think it was probably the film ‘Jurassic Park’ that got the public really interested in dinosaurs,” Galiano said. Interest was further spurred by the discovery of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, now named Sue, in 1990, he said.

Sue was sold at auction in 1997 for $8.3 million to Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History, [director of natural history at Heritage Auctions David] Herskowitz said.

Dinosaur skeletons rarely fetch that much and are considered a relative bargain in the world of collectibles, he said. On Sunday, he said, the triceratops skeleton was offered at an opening bid of $500,000.

“Fossils are cheap compared to fine art,” he told Reuters. “It’s amazing the millions people will spend on fine art.”

I have to say I agree.  If I knew I could have a 19-foot triceratops for a little more than half a million, I’d have started saving up a while ago.  I’d just need to get a bigger living room to put it in.

Dinosaur auction features fighting pair of skeletons | Reuters

Photo credit: REUTERS / Heritage Auction Handout

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