Monday, December 12, 2011

The $56,250 tooth

Posted By on Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 10:15 PM

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What do you get someone who has everything?

How about a gorgeous Tyrannosaurus rex tooth dug up in Montana?

I imagine that's what some lucky person will find under his or her Christmas tree after an anonymous buyer dropped more than 56 large for one on Sunday at a natural history-themed auction in Los Angeles.

The tooth is approximately 67 million years old and was found by an unidentified Garfield County rancher this past summer. Bonhams, which conducted the auction, calls it one of the largest T. rex teeth ever found. It measures 5 1/8 inches, from base to tip.

The magnificent piece brought a new world auction record for the most expensive pre-historic tooth ever sold at public auction. Estimated to bring $25,000—30,000, the meticulously prepared tooth sold for $56,250 during the December 11 Natural History auction at Bonhams in Los Angeles.

One question: How do you wrap it?

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