Tyrannosaurus rex Mounted Skeleton Going to a Museum Thanks to Private Buyer

The mounted T. rex skeleton known as “Samson” has finally been sold and is destined to be put on display thanks to the intervention of a private buyer according to a press release from the auctioneers Bonhams & Butterfields.

This sounds like a happy ending for the 40-foot long exhibit that failed to sell at an auction of fossils and other artefacts at a Las Vegas auction last month.

To read more about the intended sale of “Samson”: T. rex under the hammer

To read about the actual auction results: “Samson” fails to bring the house down at auction

Tom Lindgren of auctioneers Bonhams & Butterfields has commented that the private buyer is talking with several museums in North America with regards to allowing this mounted exhibit to become part of a public display.  The identity of the buyer is being kept secret, he (or she) stepped in when “Samson” failed to reach its pre-auction estimates of between $5-$8 million USD when part of the auction held at the Venetian hotel/casino on the Las Vegas Strip last month.

The spokesman for the auctioneers did reveal that the price paid was near the pre-auction estimates for the Tyrannosaurus specimen.  It is hoped that as well as permitting the public to view such a rare exhibit, that scientists will be able to complete a study of the fossilised bones.  We think that “Samson” was the Z-rex specimen that was discovered in South Dakota in 1992.  When much of the excavation had been completed, the fossilised bones were sold to a private collector in Kansas.   Hopefully, after seventeen years, this T. rex specimen will finally go on public display.

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