The world’s biggest triceratops skeleton, known as 'Big John', was sold for €6.6 million (£5.5m) on Thursday to a private collector at a Paris auction house.
The enormous skeleton, estimated to be over 66 million years old, was found in 2014 in South Dakota. The triceratops is known for its three horns on the head.
Big John, named after the owner of the land where it was found, is certified by the Guinness World Records as the largest documented skeleton of a triceratops. The dinosaur died in an ancient flood plain on the island continent stretching from present-day Alaska to Mexico, allowing the conservation of its skeleton in mud.
The skeleton is 23ft long and stands 8ft high at the hips. The skull represents more than one third of its total length, with two large horns over 3.6ft long.
Last year, a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton reached almost $32million in an auction in New York, becoming the most expensive dinosaur ever sold.
Big John was sold to a private US buyer who requested to remain anonymous.
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