T-Rex skeleton sold in Switzerland for over 4 million francs

T-Rex skeleton sold in Switzerland for over 4 million francs

T-Rex skeleton up for auction in Switzerland has sold for 4,8 million Swiss francs. Despite the high price tag, the monster of the Jurassic's new owner has apparently got themselves a good deal.

Trinity T-Rex skeleton sold in Zurich

At an auction in Zurich on April 18, “Trinity”, a full T-Rex skeleton comprised of three separate bodies discovered across the United States, sold for 4,8 million Swiss francs - around 20.000 francs per bone. It is the first dinosaur skeleton to ever face auction in Europe, and only the third to be auctioned in the world.


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Trinity had been on display at the Tonhalle after landing at Zurich Airport in March, with over 30.000 people turning up to see the monster in the flesh - or bone, in this case. The dinosaur was the final lot in the “Out of this World” auction hosted by Auction House Koller, which saw a Pterosaur fossil (100.000 francs), the largest Eurhinosaurus head ever found (110.000) and a signed astronaut helmet from Apollo 13's Jim Lovell (4.000) all sold to would-be buyers.

Auction house had hoped for a higher price

With a starting bid of 4 million Swiss francs, it only took eight minutes before Trinity was sold to a mysterious buyer on the phone. The private collector, who is only known to be European by the media, is now the proud owner of the 239-bone, four-metre high and 12-metre-long monster. "It's a fair price for the dinosaur. I hope it gets shown in public somewhere," noted the marketing director for Koller, Karl Green.

However, according to World Radio Switzerland, the private buyer is getting himself a bargain: the original auction estimate predicted that Trinity would sell for between 5 and 8 million francs on the night.

Jan de Boer


Jan de Boer

Jan studied in York and Sheffield in the UK, obtaining a master's in broadcast journalism and a bachelor's in history. He has worked as a radio DJ, TV presenter, and...

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