I lied in the title. It's not actually a t-rex, it's a Tyrannosaurus bataar, a slightly smaller relative of the t-rex (read: Geekologie Writer size *wink*). And now it's up for auction with a minimum bid of $875,000. You and I: we're going to buy it. No, no we're not. We're gonna STEAL it -- in my pants. "What do you need me for then?" Distracting the guards and driving the getaway car!
The quality of preservation is superb, with wonderful bone texture and delightfully mottled grayish bone color. In striking contrast are those deadly teeth, long and frightfully robust, in a warm woody brown color, the fearsome, bristling mouth and monstrous jaws leaving one in no doubt as to how the creature came to rule its food chain. Equally deadly and impressive are the large curving claws, with pronounced blood grooves. The body is 75% complete and the skull 80%, and it is mounted on a discreet gray-painted armature. Measuring 24 feet in length and standing 8 feet high, it is a stupendous, museum-quality specimen of one of the most emblematic dinosaurs ever to have stalked this Earth.
Man, that thing would look great in my grand foyer, greeting all the visitors to Geekologie Writer manor. "You don't have a manor." I live in a 200-square foot basement apartment with no windows. I can open the fridge from the toilet.
Hit the jump for a couple more shots of the it will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine. MWAHAHAHAHAHA!!
Thanks to Birknasty, David and Ben, who all promised to storm the stage and chisel off a piece of bone for me during the auction. Daaaaw, thanks guys!