Huge dinosaur skeleton fetches $650,000 at auction

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Associated Press

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 27 at 8:03 PM

LONDON (AP) — A huge dinosaur skeleton found in the United States has fetched 400,000 pounds (about $650,000) at an auction in England.

The female Diplodocus longus skeleton, nicknamed "Misty," measures 55 feet (17 meters) long and 19 feet (6 meters) tall.

Summers Place Auctions said the skeleton was rare because it was found mostly intact near a quarry in Wyoming by accident. The skeleton was treated at a fossil laboratory in the Netherlands before it was assembled in Britain.

The auction house, in southern England's West Sussex, said Wednesday the buyer is an unnamed institution that would put the skeleton on public display.

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