The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Saturday, October 25, 2014


European Auction Record for an Allosauraus Dinosaur, the T-Rex of the Jurassic Period
A rare complete skeleton of a carnivorous dinosaur Allosaurus from Wyoming, USA, that measures 12 meters long. EPA/SOTHEBY'S PARIS.
PARIS.- The Galerie Charpentier was the setting for a landmark event this evening: Sotheby’s first Natural History sale in Paris. After a five-day viewing that pulled in 4000 visitors, enthusiasm for all the natural marvels, skeletons and fossils on offer was confirmed throughout the sale.

Skeletons of prehistoric animals fetched the top prices, led by a complete, skeleton of a 33-foot Allosaurus (the ‘T-Rex’ of Jurassic Period) from Wyoming. The carnivorus dinosaur soared to €1,296,750 – a record in Europe for a dinosaur skeleton. The dimensions of this 70% complete specimen suggest it was a female.

In the words of sale expert/consultant Eric Mickeler: ‘A star is born! The Sotheby’s Allosaurus today became part of human history. What will it become known as? We can’t say yet, but I congratulate the buyer for blending excellent taste with daring bidding, in front of a packed saleroom.’

The Allosaurus (‘different lizard’) was a theropod, sometimes dubbed the ‘Jurassic T-Rex,’ that lived 150-135 million years ago and could weigh up to 3 tons. It was a ferocious carnivore with huge, articulated jaws, lined with some 70 curved teeth, capable of extending horizontally to swallow its prey. Its short front limbs, each with three deadly claws, were used to immobilize its victims and tear off their flesh.

The rare skeleton of a woolly rhinoceros (Rhinoceros Tichorinus) from Siberia, complete with its original horn, sold to French collector Gérard Reynaud for €96,750. This Ice Age symbol (dating from the Pleistocene Epoch 100,000 years ago) was promptly presented by Monsieur Reynaud to the Institute of Human Paleontology in Paris. Institute Director Henry de Lumley reacted delightedly, saying ‘this unique piece’ would be ‘one of the most prestigious additions to our prehistoric collection for a century, and will now be at the disposal of the international scientific community.’

Another sale highlight was one of few examples still in private hands of a complete skeleton of a Plesiosaurus (Cryptocleidus sp.), which cleared its €370,000 top estimate on €456,750.* This aquatic reptile was a swift-moving predator whose form inspired the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Exceptionally, the thorax, tail, neck, limbs and skull are all fully preserved.

A magnificent wall plaque (8ft 1in x 7ft 5in) of a fossilized palm-leaf, Sabalites sp. (Cenozoic Era), discovered at Green River Formation, raced to €120,750 against an estimate of €80,000-100,000; a complete Sphenodiscus Lenticularis ammonite (late Cretaceous Period) from South Dakota, with the opal-like appearance of a precious stone, flew to a triple-estimate €72,750; and a petrified oak ‘butterfly’ plaque from Oregon (Middle Miocene Period, Juntura region) was propelled to €102,750 against an estimate of €40,000-50,000.

Sotheby's | Allosauraus Dinosaur | Eric Mickeler | T-Rex |




Today's News

October 7, 2010

After More than 20 Years, Michelangelo's Most Precious Drawings at Albertina in Vienna

$250,000 First-Place Prize Goes to Grand Rapids , Michigan Artist Chris LaPorte

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Claims Painting is by Rembrandt Not His Pupil

Turning a New Leaf, Jerry Hall to Shed Her Art Collection Next Week at Sotheby's

15th Art Forum Berlin Opens the Autumn Season of the European Art Shows

Major Exhibition Explores the Mastery of Moshe Safdie and a Lifetime of Architectural Achievements

Tracey Emin Work to Be Auctioned during Frieze in Aid of Margates Turner Contemporary

Qing Dynasty Vase Smashes World Record in Glowing China Art Sales at Sotheby's

Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris Exhibition by Larry Clark Barred to Minors

European Auction Record for an Allosauraus Dinosaur, the T-Rex of the Jurassic Period

The Crosby Garrett Helmet, Found by a Metal Detectorist, Sells for $3.6 Million at Christie's

Important Works by Andy Warhol from the Shapazian Collection Go to the Huntington

Two Outstanding Beach Scenes by Sorolla are the Highlights of Sotheby's 19th Century European Paintings Sale

Swedish Museum Unaware of Theft of Munch Painting

Gold and Gem Encrusted Tiger Head from Throne of Tipu Sultan Sells for £434,400 at Bonhams

Woman Accused of Damaging Controversial Artwork in Colorado

Magnificent and Rare Collection of Mezzotints Acquired by the Art Fund for the British Museum

First NYC Museum Exhibition on the Tradition of Spanish Draftsmanship Opens at the Frick Collection

First Major United Kingdom Exhibition by Swedish Artist Klara Lidén at Serpentine Gallery

Smithsonian Announces Archives of American Art Medal Recipients

Christie's Announces Sale of 20th Century Decorative Art & Design, Autumn 2010

First Exhibition in 45 Years Devoted to Renaissance Master Jan Gossart on View at Metropolitan Museum

Sotheby's First-Ever Evening Sale of Islamic Art Realises £7 Million - Well Above Pre-Sale Expectations

Damien Hirst Fills the Paul Stolper Gallery with 120 Framed, Foilblock Butterfly Prints

Record Number of Visitors this Summer for the United Kingdom's National Museums

Biennale of Sydney Announces Joint Artistic Directors for 2012: Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster

DeCordova Announces the Rappaport Endowment Fund and the Winner of the 11th Rappaport Prize

Judd Foundation Announces It will Now Be Represented Exclusively by David Zwirner

Preserved Feathers and Scales of a Giant Penguin Fossil Gives Evolutionary Clues

Tiny Footprints from Poland Show that First Dinosaurs Walked on Little Cat Feet

Nazi Praise Sparks Switzerland's Rethink of Modernist Architect Le Corbusier

Robert F. Kennedy-Owned Emancipation Proclamation Up for Auction

France 1500: Between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance at the Galeries nationales Grand Palais

Sotheby's Islamic Art Sales Series Achieves Record Sum of £25.3 ($40.3) Million

Completely Renewed, the National Museum of Cultures to Be Reopened

Teotihuacan's Emblematic Monument, The Sun Pyramid, Still an Enigma for Archaeologists

National Archives in Washington Puts Nazi Papers, The Nuremberg Laws, on Public View

Cornerstone Laid for John Paul II Museum in Poland

Christie's to Offer 69 Important Works of Art from the Collection of Robert Shapazian

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome

Related Stories



Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Sotheby's New York to offer The Andy Williams Collection of Navajo blankets in May 2012

Buhl Collection brings $12.3M - Highest ever total for a private collection of photos sold at auction

'Casablanca' piano sells in NY for more than $600K

No bidder found for letters by 'Peanuts' creator

Sotheby's names President and CEO William F. Ruprecht as Chairman of the Board of Directors

Sotheby's announces first ever selling exhibition of contemporary art from central Asia and the Caucasus

Mick Jagger love letters written to American singer Marsha Hunt sold at London auction

House of Illustration raises 68,750 in "What are they like?" Celebrity Auction at Sotheby's London

Swiss contemporary art generates enthusiasm among collectors at Sotheby's



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site