It’s not every year that there’s an opportunity to buy an unidentified dinosaur and name the new species after yourself. On Monday June 4, French auction house Aguttes will sell the skeleton (estimate €1.2m-€1.8m) of a creature unearthed in Wyoming in 2013 and thought to be a carnivorous theropod (like Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor).
The auction will take place in the Salle Gustave Eiffel on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower (with a live video link for those who prefer to bid from Aguttes’ Neuilly-sur-Seine space in west Paris) and also online. Aguttes will donate €40,000 from the sale of the dinosaur to two international charities for animal conservation: South Africa’s Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The skeleton goes on view to the public at the Eiffel Tower from Saturday June 2.