World’s Largest Known Triceratops Sells for $7.7 Million at Paris Auction

The fossilized remains of the world’s largest known Triceratops sold for a European record price of €6.6 million ($7.7 million) on Oct. 21 at the Drouot auction house in Paris.

An anonymous American buyer bought the skeleton, dubbed as “Big John,” beyond its auction estimates of €1.2 million ($1.4 million) to €1.5 million ($1.7 million) after a long bidding battle.

“This result confirms the growing interest of connoisseurs in this category. It reveals a market that is now structured and favors exceptional pieces and impeccable provenance,” Drouot Group President Alexandre Giquello said in a statement.

The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Big John as the world’s biggest Triceratops ever discovered, measuring approximately 7.15 meters (23 feet 5 inches) long from snout to tail top and 2.7 meters (8 feet and 10 inches) tall at the hips.

Geologist Walter Stein discovered the skeleton in the Hell Creek Formation of South Dakota, United States in 2014, then it was excavated over the next two years.

The skeleton, which dates back to around 100 to 66 million years ago, had been on display in the Marais district of Paris since last September.


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