UK: T. rex auction cancelled after skeleton doubts raised

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A T. rex skeleton which was expected to fetch up to $25m (£21m) at auction has been withdrawn after doubts were raised over where parts of it had come from. Auction house Christie’s confirmed to the BBC that the Tyrannosaurus Rex would not be amongst the lots going under the hammer in Hong Kong on 30 November. It said the seller had decided to loan the skeleton to a museum instead. Christie’s did not give a reason why the sale had been withdrawn. The New York Times reports that a US fossil company raised concerns that parts of the skeleton, named Shen, looked like replicas from another T. rex skeleton called Stan. The Black Hills Institute holds the intellectual property rights to Stan, meaning it is allowed to sell replicas, with casts costing $120,000.” (11/21/22)