They plan to sell the complete skeleton of Gorgosaurus for $ 8 million, the skull of an extinct American lion – for $600,000. Collectors can also buy Buzz Aldrin's pen, which helped astronauts get off the moon.
New York auction house Sotheby's has hundreds of science-themed items up for auction as part of its annual Geek Week event, from dinosaur skeletons, meteorites and objects used by US astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldridge on the moon. This is reported by The Daily Mail.
Collectors can purchase the pen of astronaut Buzz Aldrin, with which he ignited the failed engines of the Eagle lander during the Apollo 11 mission, or a piece of lunar soil that broke away during the impact with an asteroid.
The auction is divided into several thematic categories dedicated to natural history, meteorites, Buzz Aldrin and Jacob & Co. Astronomia Bucherer.
Sotheby's online auction has been open since July 20, and its offline version is scheduled to open on July 28.
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In the natural history category, there are many dinosaur fossils, such as the spike on the tail of a stegosaurus, which scientists believe is 150 million years old.
The length of the spike is more than 43 cm, it still has channels that once supported the blood flow in the body of a prehistoric animal.
The claw of Dakotaraptor, with which he killed large herbivorous relatives that inhabited the Earth 66 million years ago, is also presented back.
This dinosaur had plumage all over its body. The claw was discovered in the Hell Creek Formation in Garfield County, Montana.
A 66-million-year-old Triceratops skull is up for auction, and is expected to sell for around $35,000. There is also a 50,000-year-old skull of an extinct American lion that can go under the hammer for about $600,000. Collectors can also purchase the skull of a saber-toothed tiger – with preserved teeth.
The top exhibit in the natural history category is a complete Gorgosaurus skeleton that could sell for $8 million. As of Friday, the highest bid so far is 3.5 million
The fossilized dinosaur, thought to be a relative of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, is about three meters tall and almost 7 meters long.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
A separate category of items dedicated to the second man who walked on the Moon.
Buzz Aldrin's personal belongings, which he used as part of the Apollo space program, are presented. There is a noticeable dent on the silver felt-tip pen put up for auction. Using this item, Aldrin changed a broken circuit breaker in an attempt to ignite the Eagle lander's engines. Due to failed engines, astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong could not leave the moon. However, Aldrin managed to fix the problem: with this pen, he restored the broken chain.