Take home a dinosaur

If you have millions of dollars to spare, you can actually take home a Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil, yours to keep forever.

But even if you don’t, you can see “Samson,” the T-Rex skeleton at the Venetian for free. In addition to Samson, other prehistoric fossils are available for viewing until the auction on Saturday, Oct. 3.

Hosted by Bonhams & Butterfields, the auction features a variety of fossils for sale. The starting bid for Samson is to be determined, but he’s expected to bring in millions. For more information about Samson, click here.

Here’s an idea of the estimated costs for the other fossils:

• One of the world’s largest set of shark jaws, comprised of 180 fossil teeth from the gargantuan prehistoric species, “Carcharocles megalodon”: $900,000 – $1.2 million
• A 28-foot-long “Edmontosaurus annectans” skeleton, distinguished at 90 percent complete: $375,000 – $475,000
• A pair of dinosaurs, “Xenia” and “Ben,” belonging to the genus, Einiosaurus: $500,000 – $600,000.
• A fully mounted Woolly Mammoth: $150,000 – $200,000
• Wall displays, including a 25-foot-long shark skeleton from Kansas: $350,000 – $400,000

The exhibit is located next to the hotel’s front desk. Make sure to bring your camera — once these fossils are sold, you may never get to see them face to face again.


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