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Sticks & Stones, Diamonds & Bones

If April showers bring May flowers, then it must be pouring at auctions this month to bring the big bloom happening this May. Straight out of the earth too!

On May 15, 2012, Sotheby’s is auctioning off the Beau Sancy diamond as part of the Geneva location’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels Sale. The Beau Sancy Diamond weighs 34.98 carats and has a 400 year old royal provenance stretching back to Marie de Medicis, who wore it in her crown during her coronation as Queen Consort of Henri IV in 1610. (The diamond is shown in her coronation portrait by Frans II Pourbus). The modified pear double rose cut diamond has an auction estimate of $2-4 million.

Another auction on an even larger scale — in terms of both physical size and historical significance — is the Tyrannosaurus skeleton up for auction at Heritage Auctions’ Natural History Signature Auction to be held on May 20, 2012. (Absentee bidding ends May 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM CT.) The eight-foot tall, 24-foot long, 75% complete skeleton is of a Tyrannosaurus bataar. Recently reclassified as Tyrannosaurids, the Tyrannosaurus bataar was a slightly smaller cousin of the legendary North American T-Rex which roamed Asia during the Cretaceous era.

David Herskowitz, Director of Natural History at Heritage Auctions, says,

“This beautiful Tyrannosaurus skeleton is one of the most complete, most spectacular specimens that we’ve ever seen. Dinosaurs of this size and scarcity almost never come to market fully prepared and fully mounted like this, making it a singular opportunity for the right collector or institution. Consider this: Sue, the famous T-Rex that Sotheby’s sold back in 1997, was neither prepped nor mounted when she came across the auction block, ultimately realizing a price of more than $8 million.”

The auction estimate for this museum-quality specimen is set at over $950,000.

[Image credits: Beau Sancy diamond photo by Remy de la Mauviniere; AP via Yahoo. Tyrannosaurus bataar photo via Heritage Auctions.]


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dinocollector Reclassified as a tyrannosaurid? This animal has always been recognized as a tyrannosaurid. Are you referring to the name change from Tarbosaurus to Tyrannosaurus? Also, it's the Cretaceous Period, not the Cretaceous era...the era was the Mesozoic. April 24th, 2012 at 1:34 PM

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