A reassembled skeleton of Tyrannosaurus Rex, dating back 65-67 million years, has been auctioned by Swiss house Koller for about 5 million 600 thousand euros (5.5 million Swiss francs) including auction fees.
Christened Trinity, the skeleton measures 3.9 meters tall and 11.6 meters long and results from the assemblage of the remains of three different T-Rexes found in the U.S. between 2008 and 2013, in Montana and Wyoming. Two other T-Rex skeletons were discovered and sent to auction in past years: “Stan” in 2020 for $31.8 million and “Sue” in 1997 for $8.4 million.
Trinity belonged to an American collector, so it was purchased by a European who collects dinosaurs and modern art, the auction house reported. It was the first T-Rex to be sold at auction in Europe, and the public was able to admire it during the two weeks leading up to the auction, in which it remained on display at Koller’s Zurich headquarters. Trinity attracted more than 30,000 visitors including many children.