Samantha the baby triceratops to make $80,000 at natural history auction
The skull of a baby triceratops named Samantha is to be sold in a natural history auction on May 6
Paul Fraser Collectibles, Saturday 5 May 2012
The skull of a baby Triceratops, which has been named Samantha, is to sell in an important natural history auction on May 6.
The outstanding auction will feature a diverse selection of gem stones, meteorites and pre-historic fossils, with Samantha starring as a highlight.
The triceratops was one of the last surviving dinosaurs on the planet, ensuring that skeletons of this popular species are usually more intact than those that existed earlier. Samantha is a fantastically preserved example of T Prorsus, one of the two known triceratops species.
The skull was excavated in June 2011 from a site in Montana, and is said to be in first-class condition, with the triceratops' characteristic horns and frill already developed. Also excavated from the site was a seven inch tooth from a tyrannosaurus rex, suggesting that Samantha may have been killed by the notorious species.
Standing 29 inches high on a wooden plinth base, Samantha is estimated to sell for $60,000-80,000.
Also in the sale is a colossal hadrosaur skeleton, which measures nearly 40 feet long. The complete skeleton, which is as large as a bus, is one of only a handful ever found and is expected to bring $150,000-200,000 to the online sale.
Natural history collectors will also have the chance to buy a complete tyrannosaurus bataar skeleton, in another natural history sale on May 20.
A spectacular Tissint fragment, which was collected from the only Martian meteorite fall to be witnessed in our lifetime, is expected to see stellar results at the May 6 auction. Other fragments of this exciting discovery were sold to London's Natural History Museum earlier this year, making this a unique opportunity for space enthusiasts.
Space collectors will want to view Paul Fraser Collectibles' signed Buzz Aldrin spacesuit, which was used during training for the historic Apollo 11 mission.
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