T-Rex tooth fetches record £36k at auctionPublished On: Tue, Dec 13th, 2011 | Evolution | By BioNews
A dinosaur tooth from the remains a Tyrannosaurus Rex found in the United States has set a world record after being sold for 36,000 pounds.
The perfectly preserved five-inch long dinosaur tooth was discovered by a farmer poking out of field he was ploughing in Montana earlier this year.
It is in such a good condition that the tiny serrated edges which helped the dinosaur tear flesh from its prey are still visible.
The tooth dates back to the end of the Cretaceous Period about 67 million years ago when the creatures roamed the Earth.
The tooth, which weighs 337.8 grams, was put up for sale by the unnamed farmer.
It was sold at a natural history-themed auction at Bonhams in Los Angeles for 36,000 pounds on Sunday.
“We are pleased to announce a new world record price for one of the largest individual T. rex teeth to be offered at public auction,” the Telegraph quoted Thomas Lindgren, of the natural history department at Bonhams as saying.
He added that the sale “represents the “fresh-to-the-market” approach of the natural history department of Bonhams”.