2 di­nos fetch $1.7m each:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Two di­nosaur skele­tons mar­keted as hip de­sign ob­jects — one of a diplodocus, the other of an al­losaurus — sold for more than 1.4 mil­lion eu­ros ($1.7 mil­lion) apiece at auc­tion in Paris on Wed­nes­day.

“The same for­eign buyer ac­quired the two di­nosaurs,” the Drouot auc­tion house said, hail­ing “ex­cep­tional” prices for di­nosaurs, though nei­ther was a record. The diplodocus — a her­biv­o­rous giant mea­sur­ing 12 me­tres long from nose to tail — fetched 1.44 mil­lion eu­ros, com­pared with 1.41 mil­lion for the car­niv­o­rous al­losaurus, a min­now in di­nosaur terms at just 3.8 me­tres (12.5 feet) long.

The two di­nosaurs roamed the Earth dur­ing the late Juras­sic pe­riod, around 150 mil­lion years ago.

Only about five di­nosaur skele­tons are put up for auc­tion around the world ev­ery year, mostly snapped up by ul­tra-rich col­lec­tors or mu­se­ums in Europe or the US.

But auc­tion­eers have noted a surge in in­ter­est in China.

“Di­nosaurs have be­come cool,

DiCaprio

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