LONDON — A huge dinosaur skeleton found in the United States in 2009 is being auctioned in Britain.
Summers Place Auctions said the female Diplodocus longus skeleton, nicknamed "Misty," measures 55 feet long and 19 feet tall. It said the skeleton was found mostly intact near a quarry in Wyoming by accident, and it was treated at a fossil laboratory in Holland before being assembled in Britain.
Dana Quarry is located near Ten Sleep at the western edge of the Bighorn Mountains. The site has revealed more than a dozen individual skeletons from the Jurassic Period, approximately 150 million years ago, according to the Dinosauria International website.
Misty’s remains were discovered by the sons of geologist Raimund Albersdörfer, the president of Dinosauria International, CNN reported.
Albersdörfer had been hunting for bones in the quarry and sent his then-11- and 14-year-old sons to a nearby area to dig around, the CNN article states. The two returned at the end of the day to report that they found an enormous bone. It took nine weeks to dig out the skeleton.
The company has already sold various other dinosaurs, including Sauropods, an Allosaurus and a Stegosarurus, to museums.
Author Errol Fuller, who curates the auction, said there are about six Diplodocus longus skeletons in museums around the world, including ones in Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.
The auction house, in southern England's West Sussex, said Wednesday the skeleton would go under the hammer on Nov. 27. According to CNN, Misty is the first complete skeleton of a large dinosaur to come up for sale at auction in Europe.
The sellers say it is likely to sell for more than 400,000 pounds or about $640,000.