One-of-a-kind dinosaur skeleton sells for €2m in Paris

The 9-metre long skeleton of an unidentified type of dinosaur, believed to be that of a new species, has fetched more than $US2.3 million ($3 million) at an auction staged on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

French auction house Aguttes, which had previously sold a mammoth skeleton and that of another dinosaur, had said before Monday's sale that the buyer might be able to name the new species, sparking objections from a USA scientific association.

An unnamed French collector outbid others - including interested parties from Japan and Sweden - and "wants [the skeleton] to be on display in a French museum", auctioneer Claude Aguttes told the Agence France-Presse.

"The buyer is French and he told me before the sale ..."

The dinosaur, which is more than nine metres long and 2.6 metres high, lived during the late Jurassic period, said Eric Mickeler who works for the Aguttes auction house. They warned that scientists may be unable to study it, and that placing monetary value on the skeleton may make it more hard for paleontologists in the field. He said it was the only one of its species to have been discovered.

"There are as many differences between it and an allosaurus as between a human and a gorilla", he said. In 2016, the same auction house sold an allosaurus for more than €1 million ($1.2 million).

It called for the auction to be cancelled, saying that private ownership could limit the reach of scientific study even if the skeleton was then released to researchers.

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