A remarkably well-preserved dinosaur skeleton, known as “Barry,” is set to hit the auction block in Paris next month. Barry, a Camptosaurus dating back to the late Jurassic period, approximately 150 million years ago, was initially unearthed in the 1990s in Wyoming, USA, and painstakingly restored in 2000 by palaeontologist Barry James, from whom it derives its name.
The Italian laboratory Zoic, which acquired Barry last year, has undertaken additional restoration work on this extraordinary specimen. Standing at 2.10 meters (6.9 feet) tall and stretching 5 meters (16.4 feet) in length, Barry is a true marvel of preservation.
Alexandre Giquello, a representative from Paris auction house Hotel Drouot, where the sale will occur, remarked, “It is an extremely well-preserved specimen, which is quite rare. To take the example of its skull, the skull is complete at 90%, and the rest of the dinosaur’s skeleto is complete at 80%.”
Dinosaur specimens on the art market are a rarity, with only a handful of sales worldwide each year, according to Giquello. The upcoming auction is expected to draw significant attention from collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Before the auction, the public will have the opportunity to view this incredible dinosaur skeleton in mid-October. With estimates suggesting a potential sale price of up to 1.2 million euros ($1.28 million), Barry’s auction promises to be a unique and exciting event for both the scientific and auction communities.