12 thoughts on “Millionaires keep dinosaurs out of museums

  1. It is the same with art, whenever people have enough money they start acting for the indulgence of their interests, it could be balanced when like in arts these millionaires would lend their collection to museums

  2. Hi Juanita, thanks for this comment. Indeed, there are similar problems in art. See, eg, here.

    If these millionaires would lend their collections to museums: that would indeed be a solution; but not all of them do.

  3. Mar 20, 4:55 PM EDT

    Complete dino skeleton offered at NY auction

    NEW YORK (AP) — A bit of the Jurassic era is going on sale this weekend when a gallery auctions off a 150-million-year-old complete skeleton of a dinosaur.

    The rare fossil of the 9-foot-long dryosaurus could bring up to $500,000, according to the I.M. Chait Gallery.

    Josh Chait, who runs the gallery, said the fossil was taken from private land in Wyoming in 1993 and is being sold by Utah-based Western Paleontological Laboratories.

    Other fossils for sale include a 20,000-year-old wooly mammoth, measuring 7 feet tall and 15 feet long, and a 20-foot-long giant marine lizard. The dinosaur skeletons are part of what the gallery is billing as a natural history auction.

    On The Net:

    I.M. Chait Gallery/Auctioneers: http://www.chait.com/

    Western Paleontological Laboratories: http://www.westernpaleolabs.com/

  4. Jaws of giant, prehistoric shark in Paris auction

    The Associated Press

    PARIS — The giant jaws of a prehistoric shark and the skeleton of a saber-tooth tiger are set to hit Paris’ auction blocks.

    The items are among about 100 lots at a sale of natural history-related items organized by Christie’s auction house. The sale is to take place on Tuesday.

    The jaws, which stand over 6.5 feet (2 meters) tall and have 168 teeth, belonged to an extinct carnivorous shark that lived 10,000 years ago. They are estimated to be worth euro150,000 ($202,000).

    The saber-tooth tiger’s skeleton, which is complete and quite rare, is estimated to be worth euro80,000-euro100,000 ($108,000-$135,000).

    The sale will also include a petrified dinosaurs’ nest with an adult Psittacosaurus and nine babies. The group likely died in a natural disaster, like a volcano.

    AP Photo – A girl looks at the skeleton of a Cave Bear, Ursus spelaeus, showing the animal hunting for salmon (around 115 million years old) [Really??!!] is displayed as part of an unusual collection of minerals and fossils, including several prehistoric mammals, at Christies auction house in Paris, France, Sunday, April 5, 2009. The collection of paleontological curiosities will be auctioned at Paris Matignon Christie’s next Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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