STORY: Unlike huge dinosaur skeletons sold at earlier auctions, the fossilized iguanodon skeleton stands just 4.3 ft (1.3 meters high) and is 9.8 ft (three meters) long. It was discovered in 2019 in Colorado during roadworks on private land.
"It's a dinosaur for a living room," auctioneer Alexandre Giquello said, referring to the size.
The creature is estimated to have lived more than 150 million years ago, and its remains have been restored by a team of Italian paleontologists.
"What is especially rare in this type of specimen is that its smaller and bigger limbs are complete. Usually for big dinosaur specimens, the front and back legs disappear because they are the most fragile parts which are more likely to let go. So this piece, in fact, is in a remarkable state" Giquello added.
The skeleton, which is on display at the Drouot auction house in central Paris from Wednesday (September 7), will be auctioned on Oct. 20.