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Christie's pulls T. rex Shen from auction following questions about skeleton: report

According to reports, Christie’s in Britain said that it would remove the Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton Shen at a forthcoming auction in Hong Kong.

The sale of Shen was marketed as an “historic moment”. It would have been the first T. The first time a T. rex skeleton was ever offered for auction in Asia was in 2004.

According to The New York Times, Christie’s decided to rescind the entire lot after consulting with the consignor.

“The consignor has now decided that the specimen will be loaned to a museum to public display,” Edward Lewine, Christie’s spokesperson, told the newspaper. He noted that Shen, which was expected fetch between $15 million and $25 million, “benefits from further study.”



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The skeleton of Shen, a Tyrannosaurus Rex named Shen is displayed at the Victoria Theatre in Singapore on Oct. 28, 2022. (Then Chih Wey/Xinhua via Getty Images).

All available slots for public viewing were booked.

Multiple requests by Fox News for comment from Christie’s were unsuccessful. The Times reported however that queries about the fossil had been raised in recent weeks.

After contacting the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research about similarities between Shen & Stan, another T. rex was sold in 2020 for a record $21.8 million. There were concerns that the online auction materials didn’t make it clear that the specimens contained casts of Stan. Christie’s noted in a note.

On Oct. 28, 2022, a visitor looks at the skeleton of Shen, a Tyrannosaurus Rex named Shen at Singapore’s Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall. (Then Chih Wey/Xinhua via Getty Images).

It stated that replica bones were created from original bones and were purchased from Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, Inc.

The Black Hills Institute retained intellectual rights to the specimen. Peter Larson, the president of the company, stated to the Times that Stan was being used to sell Shen, and that Christie’s had done the right thing by removing Shen.

He said Tuesday to CNN that Stan is the majority of Shen.

On Oct. 28, 2022, a visitor views the skeleton of Shen, a Tyrannosaurus Rex named Shen at Singapore’s Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall. (Then Chih Wey/Xinhua via Getty Images).



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Shen was found in Montana ‘s Hell Creek Formation. Shen weighed 1,400 kg and measured 43 feet long.

Christie’s website states that Shen lived in the Cretaceous Period around 66 million to 668 million years ago.

It stated that the T. Rex was in a “scientifically correct pose” and that it is “museum-standard” and “54% represented bone density.”

The skeleton of Shen, a Tyrannosaurus Rex named Shen is displayed at the Victoria Theatre in Singapore on Oct. 28, 2022. (Then Chih Wey/Xinhua via Getty Images).

According to the Times, none of Shen’s original teeth are found. Shen also has about 79 original bone.

Stan however has 190 original bone fragments. A Christie researcher listed as a fossil expert apparently admitted that about three-quarters (or more) of the original bones found in the specimens were Stan’s casts.

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David Burnham, University of Kansas, told the publication that the density figure was determined by “computing each bone’s area using measuring software.”

“There is no T. Rex skeleton that is completely made up of original bone. Christie’s stated Tuesday that she believes the original elements of Shen are genuine.

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