PARIS, Sept 18 (Reuters) – An unusually well-preserved dinosaur skeleton, the Camptosaurus known as Barry, which dates from the late Jurassic period some 150 million years ago, will be under fire in Paris next month.
First discovered in the 1990s in the US state of Wyoming, the dinosaur was originally restored in 2000 by paleontologist Barry James, from whom it got its name.
Italian laboratory Zoic, which acquired Barry last year, has carried out further restoration work on the skeleton, which is 2.10 meters (6.9 ft) tall and 5 meters (16.4 ft) long.
“It is an extremely well-preserved specimen that is quite rare,” said Alexandre Giquello of the Paris auction house Hotel Drouot, where the sale will take place.
“To take the example of his skull, the skull is 90% complete and the rest of the dinosaur (skeleton) is 80% complete,” he said.
Dinosaur specimens remain rare on the art market, with no more than a few sold annually worldwide, Giquello said.
The skeleton, which will be shown to the public in mid-October before being sold, is expected to fetch up to 1.2 million euros ($1.28 million).
Reporting by Louis Dalmasso. Editing by Jane Merriman
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