The skeleton, which stands 2.5 metres tall and is 7 metres long, is being sold in New York at the weekend for between $950,000–$1.5m.
According to Heritage Auctions, the skeleton is a “museum-quality specimen of one of the most emblematic dinosaurs ever to have stalked this earth”.
The catalogue description says: “This is an incredible, complete skeleton, painstakingly excavated and prepared, and mounted in a dramatic, forward-leaning running pose. The quality of preservation is superb, with wonderful bone texture and delightfully mottled greyish bone colour. In striking contrast are those deadly teeth, long and frightfully robust, in a warm woody brown colour, the fearsome, bristling mouth and monstrous jaws leaving one in no doubt as to how the creature came to rule its food chain.” (Source)