World's Biggest Triceratops 'Big John' on Sale For $1.8 Million

Published September 2nd, 2021 - 06:42 GMT

A Paris auction house will seek to sell in October the world's biggest known example of the dinosaur triceratops, known as "Big John", with the spectacular skeleton on show to the public beforehand, organisers said Tuesday.

The triceratops is among the most distinctive of dinosaurs due to the three horns on its head - one at the nose and two on the forehead - that give the dinosaur its Latin name.

"Big John" is the largest known surviving example, 66 million years old and with a skeleton some eight meters long.

The two-meter-wide skull, some 200 bones, and large horns of the animal were being assembled Tuesday behind the windows of a Drouot exhibition gallery in central Paris.

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"Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, is on display in Paris until 20 October, before an auction the following day at Hotel Drouot.

"Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, is on display in Paris until 20 October, before an auction the following day at Hotel Drouot. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

A worker sorts the ribs of a triceratops ahead of its assembling in a gallery where it is scheduled to be exposed ahead of its auction sale at Drouot auction house in October.

A worker sorts the ribs of a triceratops ahead of its assembling in a gallery where it is scheduled to be exposed ahead of its auction sale at Drouot auction house in October. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

"Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, is on display in Paris until 20 October, before an auction the following day at Hotel Drouot.

"Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, is on display in Paris until 20 October, before an auction the following day at Hotel Drouot. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

"Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, is on display in Paris until 20 October, before an auction the following day at Hotel Drouot.

"Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, is on display in Paris until 20 October, before an auction the following day at Hotel Drouot. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

"Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, is on display in Paris until 20 October, before an auction the following day at Hotel Drouot.

"Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, is on display in Paris until 20 October, before an auction the following day at Hotel Drouot. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

Workers hang the skull of a triceratops in a gallery where it is set to be exposed ahead of its auction sale at Drouot auction house in October, in Paris on August 31, 2021.

Workers hang the skull of a triceratops in a gallery where it is set to be exposed ahead of its auction sale at Drouot auction house in October, in Paris on August 31, 2021. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

Workers hang the skull of a triceratops in a gallery where it is set to be exposed ahead of its auction sale at Drouot auction house in October, in Paris on August 31, 2021.

Workers hang the skull of a triceratops in a gallery where it is set to be exposed ahead of its auction sale at Drouot auction house in October, in Paris on August 31, 2021. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)

"Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, is on display in Paris until 20 October, before an auction the following day at Hotel Drouot.
A worker sorts the ribs of a triceratops ahead of its assembling in a gallery where it is scheduled to be exposed ahead of its auction sale at Drouot auction house in October.
 "Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, is on display in Paris until 20 October, before an auction the following day at Hotel Drouot.
"Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, is on display in Paris until 20 October, before an auction the following day at Hotel Drouot.
"Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, is on display in Paris until 20 October, before an auction the following day at Hotel Drouot.
Workers hang the skull of a triceratops in a gallery where it is set to be exposed ahead of its auction sale at Drouot auction house in October, in Paris on August 31, 2021.
Workers hang the skull of a triceratops in a gallery where it is set to be exposed ahead of its auction sale at Drouot auction house in October, in Paris on August 31, 2021.
"Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, is on display in Paris until 20 October, before an auction the following day at Hotel Drouot.
"Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, is on display in Paris until 20 October, before an auction the following day at Hotel Drouot. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
A worker sorts the ribs of a triceratops ahead of its assembling in a gallery where it is scheduled to be exposed ahead of its auction sale at Drouot auction house in October.
A worker sorts the ribs of a triceratops ahead of its assembling in a gallery where it is scheduled to be exposed ahead of its auction sale at Drouot auction house in October. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
 "Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, is on display in Paris until 20 October, before an auction the following day at Hotel Drouot.
"Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, is on display in Paris until 20 October, before an auction the following day at Hotel Drouot. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
"Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, is on display in Paris until 20 October, before an auction the following day at Hotel Drouot.
"Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, is on display in Paris until 20 October, before an auction the following day at Hotel Drouot. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
"Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, is on display in Paris until 20 October, before an auction the following day at Hotel Drouot.
"Big John", the largest known triceratops, over 66 million years old and with an 8-metre long skeleton, is on display in Paris until 20 October, before an auction the following day at Hotel Drouot. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
Workers hang the skull of a triceratops in a gallery where it is set to be exposed ahead of its auction sale at Drouot auction house in October, in Paris on August 31, 2021.
Workers hang the skull of a triceratops in a gallery where it is set to be exposed ahead of its auction sale at Drouot auction house in October, in Paris on August 31, 2021. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)
Workers hang the skull of a triceratops in a gallery where it is set to be exposed ahead of its auction sale at Drouot auction house in October, in Paris on August 31, 2021.
Workers hang the skull of a triceratops in a gallery where it is set to be exposed ahead of its auction sale at Drouot auction house in October, in Paris on August 31, 2021. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)