SUE: THE T. REX THAT STARTED IT ALL
The dinosaur bone market heated up after a T. rex, nicknamed Sue, sold at auction in 1997 for $8.4 million. It was the first dinosaur ever to be exhibited at Sotheby’s.
Although Sue was bought by the Chicago-based Field Museum, the hefty price tag opened the floodgates to the auction and was enough to encourage the public to search for fossilized remains and sell them for top prices.
Sue was found on August 12, 1990 on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation in South Dakota owned by Maurice Williams.
However, it was discovered by paleontologist Susan Hendrickson, the scientist after whom the specimen is named, and paleontologist Peter Larson.
Larson paid Williams $5,000 to take the T. rex, but Larson began receiving significant offers for the T.rex shortly after it took off. After hearing this, Williams said he gave the scientists permission to search the property, but not to take anything they found.
Federal agents seized Sue in 1992 on the grounds that no government permission had been granted to remove the fossil from federal lands, and a year later Sue was given to Williams, who put it up for auction.
Sue was put up for sale at the Sotheby’s art auction in 1997 and nine bidders competed for the dinosaur. And after eight minutes, it was Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History that won.
Dinosaur auctions began when Sue (pictured), a T.rex, was sold for $8.4 million. Although it was acquired by a museum, the large dollar sign encouraged the public to find prehistoric remains and sell them to the highest bidder
BIG JOHN: THE MOST EXPENSIVE TRICERATOPS EVER SOLD
Discovered by Walter Stein in 2014 while exploring a ranch in Perkins County, South Dakota, this specimen was sent to an auction house in France, where it was purchased for a whopping $7.7 million for an anonymous private collector from the US.
The massive skeleton is 60 percent complete. His skull is 75 percent intact.
Big John is one of more than 100 known triceratops fossils, one of the most abundant in North America. This specimen was also found to have a wound on its collar, the area around the neck, which was likely created by the horn of a rival dinosaur.
Prior to the auction, Big John was taken to Italy, where co-researcher Flavio Bacchia, of the fossil restoration company Zoic, prepared the specimen.
The fate of Big John remains unknown.
Big John was found in 2014 by Walter Stein while he was exploring a ranch in Perkins County, South Dakota. This copy was also sent to an auction house in France, where it was purchased for a whopping $7.7 million for an anonymous private collector from the US. To this day no one knows where Big John is
STAN: A $31.8 MILLION REGISTRATION SALE – BEFORE THERE APPEARS IN THE UAE AGAIN
Stan, a 70 percent complete skeleton of a T. rex, was sold in November 2020 for $31.8 million worth of artwork.
Stan was discovered in South Dakota in 1987 and named after the amateur paleontologist who encountered the remains, Stan Sacrison.
The remains were initially thought to be a triceratops, but further analysis in 1992 revealed its true identity as a T.rex.
The skeleton contains 188 bones, making it 70 percent complete. However, the skull is the most complete and preserved that has been found to date.
The skeleton disappeared from the public eye when an anonymous bidder paid the record amount.
Nearly two years later, it was discovered that Stan had traveled from New York to Abu Dhabi, where he is staying in a new natural history museum in the United Arab Emirates.
Stan, another T.rex, was sold in 2007 for $3.18 million. A year and a half later, it was discovered that Stan had traveled from New York to Abu Dhabi, where he resides in a new natural history museum in the United Arab Emirates for all to see. marvel at its wonders. However, Stan’s happy ending is not typical of many dinosaur remains discovered on American soil