You Can Own a T-Rex, If You Have $8M

  • Stan the T-Rex is one of the most intact dinosaur skeletons ever found.
  • The Museum at Black Hills Institute put the T-Rex up for auction, you can see him now at Christie's showroom.

File this under, reasons I wish I went into finance. Stan the T-Rex just went up for auction at Christie’s in New York. He’s one of the most intact dinosaur skeletons ever discovered, and his bones tell an exciting story about his life. 

There are puncture holes in his skull. And 65-million years ago, there was only one giant predator in the North American West–Tyrannosaurus rex. There’s even some evidence that shows T-Rex would eat one another. However, it’s uncertain if that was because they hunted each other or were merely scavengers. At some point, Stan battled others of his ilk and survived, but carried the encounters’ scars.

Dinosaur Collectors Are a Thing Now

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Stan, your potential new living room accent piece, is a whopping 37 feet long, and if you’re in New York, you can see him in the showroom window at Christie’s. If you have $8 million lying around, it’s rare there’s a chance to buy a dinosaur skeleton. Around a half-dozen go up for auction each year, but very few T-rex. Still, you have to imagine a thriving black market in dinosaur stuff, alá Indiana Jones or National Treasure. Funnily enough, Nicolas Cage is a known dinosaur bone collector, as is Leonardo DiCaprio. Well, when you have that much money, why not?


James Hyslop, who has a supercool job as the head of Christie’s natural history department, assured the Associated Press that anyone has a shot at buying the skeleton because Stan is up for auction, “with no reserve.”

Rich People Really Do Have It Better

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Scientists aren’t thrilled with private collectors hoarding dinosaurs, because, understandably, they’re the only evidence left from our world millions of years ago. When an oil-barren or tech-startup bro buys them, they disappear from science. Some might argue that the history of our planet belongs to all of us, not just the incredibly rich. 

It’s interesting that Stan’s being sold by a museum–The Black Hills Institute in South Dakota. Based on their website, they’re just chock-full of dinosaur skeletons and fossils. Given the hit they’ve probably taken with COVID, they must be hard up for cash, and the millions Stan could fetch might keep them afloat until the pandemic ends.