London: A rare and near-complete skeleton of a predatory dinosaur is going up for auction in the UK and may sell for up to 500,000 pounds. The skeleton that belonged to a juvenile Allosaurus was found in a Wyoming quarry in the US and retains an articulated skull with dagger-like teeth.
According to the auctioneers in West Sussex, the two metre long carnivore is the first predatory dinosaur skeleton to be sold in the UK. The dinosaur skeleton will be sold at Summers Place Auctions, Billingshurst in November, 'BBC News' reported.
The Allosaurus lived during the late Jurassic period and fully grown could reach eight metres in length. "The Allosaurus, together with the T-Rex, has become the quintessentially large, carnivorous dinosaur in western popular culture," Rupert van der Werff, director at Summers Place, said.
"Given the size of this Allosaurus it also adds the cute factor and may not just attract interest from museums but could also be the wow factor in a luxurious living room," said van der Werff.