A massive 155 million-year-old dinosaur skeleton will be for sale as Emirates Auction organises the Middle East’s first such auction online.
The 24.4 metre-long by 7 metre-high skeleton, which dates back to the Jurassic period, will be offered at a starting value of AED14.6 million ($3.97 million) and bids will end on August 25, Emirates Auction said in a statement.
The skeleton, which was installed at the Dubai Mall in 2014, would have weighed the equivalent of five elephants in its prime and was one of the long-necked herbivorous dinosaurs with a tail tapering to a long, thin whip-like end to defend itself against predators.
The dinosaur belongs to the Diplodocus longus variety and the displayed bones belong to the same auctioned animal, which makes it special. In addition, nearly 90 percent of the bones are original, the statement added.
The remains of the adult dinosaur were discovered in a sleeping position in 2008 at the Dana Quarry in the US state of Wyoming.
The specimen was previously displayed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in the US state of Texas. It was sourced through Khalid Seddiq, founder of Etihad Modern Art Gallery in Abu Dhabi, and was put on permanent display at The Dubai Mall in 2014.
By Sam Bridge