A dinosaur skeleton is sold at a staggering price in Paris

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A nearly seven-meter-long skeleton of an ancient animal called a triceratops has sold for an incredible $7.7 million at an auction in Paris.

The dinosaur, named “Big John”, after the owner of the land where the bones were found, was sold on Thursday by the auction house “Hotel Drouot”, writes the Independent.

The skeleton will return to its “home”, because it was found on the territory of the United States and was bought by an unidentified American owner.

The sale price was several times higher than the auction house’s estimate, which expected the unique skeleton to sell for $1.4 million to $1.7 million.

“It’s a record for Europe”, said Alexandre Giquello, official for auctions and chairman of the “Drouot Group”, for the “Reuters” agency.

The remains of the ancient animal consist of 200 bones and are said to be a rare and important achievement in finding ancient artifacts.

The skeleton is in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest known skeleton of a triceratops.

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