T-Rex skeleton will be on display in Singapore before auction in Hong Kong

The United States’ Montana state is home to a distant farm where 79 bones from a Tyrannosaurus rex (T-Rex) were discovered in 2020. The terrain is rich in fossils.

The dinosaur skeleton, which was put together using discovered bones and extra castings, will be on exhibit at the Victoria Theater and Concert Hall from October 28 to October 30 in advance of an auction in Hong Kong on November 30.

With an estimated value of between US$15 million and US$25 million (or S$21 million and S$36 million in this particular case), this will be the first Asian auction of a T-Rex skeleton.

According to Christie’s Hong Kong, the most popular dinosaur species has yet to be on display at an Asian museum.

A three-day public preview of a T-Rex named Shane is free, but visitors need to register in advance this link.

Shen is the Chinese word for deity, although the skeleton’s name can be changed by the purchaser. The centerpiece of Christie’s 20th/21st Century Art Evening Sale at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center will be a 1,400 kilogram fossil skeleton.

Shen the T. rex. All photos courtesy of Christie’s

Rare fossil auctions, particularly high-profile sales of dinosaurs, have traditionally generated controversy since affluent private collectors outweigh institutions that display such important natural history artifacts.

Paleontologists are concerned that if a dinosaur fossil is hidden away in a private collector’s basement, for instance, neither the general public nor scientists would be able to access it.

Dr. Makoto Manabe, deputy director of Tokyo’s National Museum of Nature and Science, said: “If fossils are really important to science, they should be studied and examined in the public domain for generations to come. No one owns the fossils.” Is.”

The fossils wouldn’t have much scientific value, according to renowned American paleontologist Jack Horner, if researchers didn’t have access to the excavation site.

“The description of the site is probably important for determining the cause of the animal’s death, and the geologic context reveals its likely evolutionary status,” he said.

In the US, the landowner is the exclusive proprietor of fossils discovered on their property.

Humanity can learn from fossils how climate, landscapes, and living creatures have changed over time.

James Hislop, Christie’s head of science and natural history, said: “Every T-rex find is different… Shane the T-rex preserves some very rare bones from the tip of the tail. Bite marks in other bones that tell part of it is the story of how these animals lived and fought.”

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