Triceratops skull, roughly 66 million years old could fetch $200,000 at Heritage Auctions’ Sept. 28 Nature & Science Signature Auction in Dallas. Eighty percent complete skull, weighing 2,100 pound and measuring an impressive 7 x 6 x 5 feet, was discovered on private land in Montana. It is one of five stunning dinosaur skulls in the auction, in addition to the only known complete skeleton of a prehistoric swordfish, estimated to bring more than $110,000.
The rare Triceratops skull fossil retains much of the original fossil material and includes the first two fused vertebrae attached to the brain case (occipital condyle). The Triceratops (Greek for “three-horn face”) was a massive herbivore that roamed North America at the same time as the fearsome Tyrannosaurus.
“The skull speaks to the inner child in all of us who love Dinosaurs,” said Craig Kissick, Associate Director for Nature & Science at Heritage Auctions. “This incredible skull from the popular Late Cretaceous herbivore is superlative for its size, completeness and aesthetic appeal.”
Additional Montana dinosaur skulls include a downward curving-horned Einiosaurus skull from an adult specimen dating to the Upper Cretaceous era, estimated to bring $75,000+, and a juvenile Einiosaur skull with an estimate value of $50,000+. A rare a desirable Maiasaur with a rare ‘brain’ cast, also from Montana, includes both the upper and lower sections, which could bring $150,000+.