News-Antique.com - Jan 09,2009 - DALLAS, TX – To be directly in front of the thing, though it’s just a skull, is to sense just how impressive a beast the triceratops was. It is as long as an NBA player is tall, and as wide as a Formula One race car, mainly due to the fact that the frill is naturally fused to the back of the cranium, common in found adult male specimens of the massive, 30-foot long giant. Even these comparisons, however, cannot capture the palpable sense of power that emanates from what is merely a fossil, a relic, of one of the greatest, most terrible – in the regal sense of the word – creatures to ever wander the planet.
Now, for anyone that ever dreamed of owning a piece of unrivaled natural history, or dreamed of having a pet dinosaur of his or her own, a 93% intact Triceratops skull – a very rare find – will be on the auction block in Dallas on Sunday, Jan. 18, at Heritage Auction Galleries’ Natural History Auction, taking place in the main showroom of its Downtown headquarters. The auction is sure to garner attention of collectors and non-collectors alike due to the singular nature of the Triceratops skull and the amazing condition in which it was found, and is sure to bolster Heritage’s reputation as the acknowledged leader in the field of Natural History auctions.
“This Triceratops skull is definitely among the largest and most complete ever discovered,” said David Herskowitz, Director of Natural History Auctions at Heritage. “A relic like this does not come along too often and we expect that to factor into the bidding.”
With a pre-sale estimate of $240,000-$280,000, the brute does come with a cost, but to the determined collector, or museum, this is the chance –and the deal – of a lifetime.