Dinosaur skeleton fetches $650K at auction

A huge dinosaur skeleton found in the U.S. has fetched about $650,000 US at an auction in England.
Potential bidders admire the 17-metre long skeletal specimen of a long-necked Diplodocus Longus dinosaur displayed at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, England, before it is auctioned. The rare near complete skeleton, found in Wyoming, fetched about $650,000 US at auction on Wednesday. (Gareth Fuller/Associated Press)

A huge dinosaur skeleton found in the U.S. has fetched about $650,000 US at an auction in England.

The female Diplodocus longus skeleton, nicknamed Misty, measures 17 metres long and six metres tall. The Diplodocus dinosaur last roamed Earth more than 150 million years ago

Summers Place Auctions said the skeleton was rare because it was found mostly intact near a quarry in Wyoming by accident. The skeleton was treated at a fossil laboratory in the Netherlands before it was assembled in Britain.

The auction house, in southern England's West Sussex, said Wednesday the buyer is an unnamed institution that would put the skeleton on public display.

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