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Dinosaur known as ‘Barry’ goes up for sale at rare auction in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) – An unusually well-preserved dinosaur skeleton, a Camptosaurus known as Barry dating back to the late Jurassic period, about 150 million years ago, will be auctioned in Paris next month.

The dinosaur, first discovered in the 1990s in the US state of Wyoming, was first restored in 2000 by paleontologist Barry James, after whom it is named.

Italian laboratory Zoic, which acquired Barry last year, has carried out further restoration work on the skeleton, which measures 2.10 meters (6.9 feet) high and 5 meters (16.4 feet) long.

“It is an extremely well-preserved example, which is quite rare,” said Alexandre Giquello of the Parisian auction house Hotel Drouot, where the sale will take place.

“To take the example of its skull, the skull is 90% complete and the rest of the dinosaur (skeleton) is 80% complete,” he said.

Dinosaur specimens on the art market remain rare, with no more than a couple of sales a year worldwide, Giquello said.

The skeleton, which will be shown to the public in mid-October before the sale, is expected to fetch up to €1.2 million ($1.28 million).

Reporting by Louise Dalmasso. Editing by Jane Merriman

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