Tuesday, March 24, 2009

No Love For the Dinosaur

Some people like to go to auctions for antique furniture. Some for art. Some go to acquire pieces for museums. But apparently no one goes to get the dryosaurus.

(I mean, it's called a dryosaurus. I think Kenmore tried to market that in the 90s.)

Apparently the dryosaurus is a 9-foot-long, long-necked, plant-eating dinosaur from the Jurassic era. But its skeleton failed to sell for the $500,000 I.M. Chait Gallery was asking for.

A couple of museums are still interested, so it's not like the dinosaur skeleton won't have a home. But honestly, $5000,00 doesn't seem like that much. Instead of buying a home, you could buy a dinosaur. That's way more impressive to your friends!

My favorite part of the article:

"An 18,000-year-old, 7-foot-tall and 15-foot-long skeleton of a teenage woolly mammoth from Siberia took the auction's top price, fetching close to $60,000 [and was] bought by [a] private collection.

'The woolly is so special because it wasn't fully grown and can therefore fit in someone's living room,' says Josh Chait, director of operations at the gallery. 'A collector's dream.'"

The gift for the person who has everything--the woolly mammoth.