Largest triceratops dinosaur on earthed has sold for a whopping $10.7Million at a Paris auction.
The 8-metre-long dinosaur skeleton went for more than 4 times the expected value. It was sold to a private collector in the US said to have fallen in love with the skeleton.
The 66m-year-old skeleton, is affectionately known as Big John, is 60% complete. It was found in South Dakota, US, in 2014 and put together by specialists in Italy.
The buyer is planning to return the triceratops to the US.
The buyer beat 10 other bidders, with three in particular driving up the price in the final minutes.
Scientists believe that Big John lived at the end of the Cretaceous period, the final era of dinosaurs, and died in a floodplain, buried in mud that preserved him. A horn injury near his cranium suggests he got into at least one nasty fight.
The triceratops is among the most distinctive dinosaurs owing to the three horns on its head – one at the nose and two on the forehead – that give it its Latin name.