West News Wire: A T. rex relative’s fossilized skeleton that lived about 76 million years ago will be sold at auction in New York this month, Sotheby’s announced on Tuesday.

According to the auction house, the Gorgosaurus skeleton will be the centerpiece of Sotheby’s natural history auction on July 28.

During the late Cretaceous Period, the Gorgosaurus was an apex carnivore that lived in what is now western Canada and the United States. It existed 10 million years before its close relative, the Tyrannosaurus rex.

According to Sotheby’s, the specimen being sold was found in the Judith River Formation not far from Havre, Montana, in 2018. It is 22 (6.7 meters) feet long and almost 10 feet (3 meters) tall.

All of the other known Gorgosaurus skeletons are in museum collections, making this one the only specimen available for private ownership, the auction house said.

“In my career, I have had the privilege of handling and selling many exceptional and unique objects, but few have the capacity to inspire wonder and capture imaginations quite like this unbelievable Gorgosaurus skeleton,” Cassandra Hatton, Sotheby’s global head of science and popular culture, said.

Sotheby’s presale estimate for the fossil is $5 million to $8 million.

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