Rare T. rex skeleton on display at Victoria Theater & Concert Hall October 28-30 – Mothership.SG

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A rare Tyrannosaurus rex (T. rex) skeleton will soon arrive on the shores of Singapore.

Via Christie’s Hong Kong

According to a press release from Christie’s Hong Kong, an international auction house, “Shen the T. rex” will make its public debut at the Victoria Theater & Concert Hall from October 28-30.

It will then be auctioned at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center in November.


The public preview in Singapore is free, with those interested simply registering their interest via this form.

However, it later emerged that all viewing slots had already been booked.

In a new article, The time of the straits shared that Christie’s Hong Kong has since shared that a “walk-in queue” will now be available during allotted viewing days, for those unable to book their slots online.

This is to ensure “maximum exposure and the ability to get a glimpse” of the fossilized skeleton.

The preview will take place over three days (October 28-30), from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

According to the press release, the colossal skeleton was first discovered in the fossil-rich region of the Hell Creek Formation, located in Montana, United States.

The time of the straits reported that 79 bones belonging to T. rex were first excavated from the site, before the rest of the skeleton was then assembled using the bones and additional casts.

The apex predator’s complete skeleton is 12.2 meters long, 4.6 meters high and 2.1 meters wide.

Shen’s skull. Via Christie’s Hong Kong

Shen’s rib cage. Via Christie’s Hong Kong

Shen’s hind legs. Through Christie’s Hong Kong.

Claws of Shen. Via Christie’s Hong Kong

It weighs 1400 kg.

According to Christie’s Hong Kong estimates, Shen lived during the Cretaceous period, around 68 to 66 million years ago.

The dinosaurs were wiped out by a meteorite impact on Earth about 66 million years ago, near the end of the Cretaceous period, in what became known as the “Cretaceous extinction event- Paleogene”.

Estimated value between 21 and 36 million Singapore dollars

The T. rex, which is likely male, is temporarily named Shen, which translates to “god-like” in Mandarin.

However, the acquirer of the skeleton will own “full rights and all material property relating thereto”, including the ability to name it as they see fit.

Shen will be the first-ever T. rex skeleton to be auctioned in Asia, with an estimated value of US$15-25 million (S$21-36 million).

After debuting in Singapore, the fossilized skeleton will next headline Christie’s 20th/21st Century Art Evening Sale in Hong Kong from November 26-30.

Only two other T. rex skeletons have been auctioned so far, with both skeletons later going to museums, reported The time of the straits.

Singapore Public Preview Details

Address: Victoria Theater & Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place, Singapore 179556

Date: October 28-30, 2022

Viewing hours: 10am-10pm

Best Pictures via Christie’s Hong Kong

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