Let’s admit it! These prehistoric creatures that we call dinosaurs are definitely a big business. They have fascinated the world with their enormous physical size, weight, and structure!
What’ even more interesting is that even after millions of years of their distinction, these enigmatic and large monsters continue to fuel the world’s imagination like no other creature.
The Triceratops Skull
This triceratops skull cannot go unnoticed! It is considered one of the largest of its kind as it measures about 2 meters in length from the beak to the frill! No wonder why it is considered the largest of all land animals!
Also known for its large head, Triceratops was discovered in a private ranch in Montana preserved in field jackets and fully wrapped in plaster. Later on, in 2009, the skull was sold for $250,950 at Heritage Auctions in the United States!
That’s not everything! It is also special because it is said to be one of the most intact skulls in the world that had been buried for more than sixty-eight years! Amazing, isn’t it?
Misty The Dinosaur
The Misty dinosaur was discovered by the sons of a German paleontologist called Raimund Albersdörfer in 2009. While on an exploring trip, Benjamin and Jacob came across a huge bone that turned out to be a very rare diplodocus skeleton to which they have given the nickname of Misty.
After successfully getting out the dinosaur, it was shipped off to England where it was sold for $652,000 at Summers Place Auctions. Impressively, Misty stands at 13 feet high and 54 feet in length which is thought to be the first largest dinosaur skeleton to be ever auctioned in Britain.
The Triceratops From Wyoming
We are definitely not exaggerating but this creature is really enormous! It is 12 feet tall and measures about 19 feet from head to tail. That’s not all! In fact, only the skull is 7 feet long while the horns represent 3½-foot.
The interesting thing about it is that unlike most of the triceratops found in museums that experts put together to make it appear as one dinosaur, this one was found 75% complete, which makes it unique and valuable!
Auctioned at Heritage Auctions in June 2011, this mammoth dinosaur was sold for $657,250. Now, The triceratops is considered to be the official state dinosaur of Wyoming.
The ‘Trophy’ Dinosaurs
These two dinosaurs were sold in April 2018 by the Parisian House Hotel Drouot to a millionaire foreign collector. The analyzed specimens were found to belong to diplodocus and an Allosaurus. The latter measures 12 feet in length while the former measures about 39 feet long from nose to tail.
These two giant creatures are believed to have roamed earth 150 million years ago. No wonder why they were sold for $1.68 million ( the diplodocus) and $1.65 million (the Allosaurus).
The Mystery Dinosaur
The fossil of this dinosaur is about 8 feet tall and 29 feet long. However, the interesting thing about it is that it is believed to had walked on earth 150 million years ago, still, 70% of its skeleton is intact, which is really impressive!
In fact, this dinosaur is unique in many different ways! Paleontologists are still unable to identify its type as all they can determine is that it is a carnivorous theropod. It is characterized by its different shape of the pelvis, skull, and teeth.
So, who knows, it could be a type of dinosaur that scientists and experts have never come across before! The dinosaur was sold for $2.36 million for an unnamed art collector!
The Fighting Pair
This was one of the most interesting yet an unusual discovery that was ever made! Henry Galiano who is a paleontologist has discovered a fossilized pair of dinosaurs locked in a predator-prey battle in a quarry in Wyoming in 2007.
The discovered fighting pair identified as an Allosaurus and Stegosaurus dinosaurs. They have become media stars that fascinated huge crowds. They were sold for an unnamed museum outside the U.S at Heritage Auctions for $2.75 million.
Prince, Apollonia, and Twinky
Right between 2007 and 2010 in a quarry in the small town of Ten Sleep in Wyoming, a trio of diplodocid sauropod dinosaurs were found. They were given the nicknames of Prince, Apollonia, and Twinky. They were also believed to be family or part of a herd.
Apollonia and Prince were adults as they are about 78 and 88 feet while the baby dinosaur was 39 feet long. This precious discovery was sold for $8 million to the NUS Museum of Natural History in Singapore.
Back to 1990, paleontologists, namely, Peter Larson and Sue Hendrickson discovered a 67 million-year-old tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur on the land of the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
The T. rex was named Sue even though it’s gender is still unknown. It is large and complete measuring more than 12 meters long, 4 meters tall, and weight not less than 6.4 tons.
This dinosaur is very famous in the social media circle. She has her own Twitter account @SUEtheTrex, so don’t hesitate to follow! Sue was bought for $8.4 million at Sotheby’s.