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omtatsat's avatar

Why did they sell " Big John" to a private collector?

Asked by omtatsat (1229points) 1 month ago

Is this not something that should be shared by all people? Unless of course the collector intends to put it on public display.

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TJFKAJ's avatar

Probably for the money.

Anyway “should be” is a normative statement, thus not provable by argument.

ragingloli's avatar

“Is this not something that should be shared by all people?”
No, that is communism.

janbb's avatar

It’s hard to fathom why any private person would need a life-size fossil of a Triceratops but we live in a debauched age. I agree that it should be in on public view. The article states that museums did not have the money to buy it.

omtatsat's avatar

To live out his perverted fantasy!

rebbel's avatar

Is the seller not as guilty as the buyer, of making it so that big guy will (possibly) never be seen again by the public?
I don’t understand how it’s even possible to make a profit from something like this?

filmfann's avatar

Museums cannot afford to own everything they display. They depend on patrons to help them.

omtatsat's avatar

Others are concerned that important finds will end up adorning the private mansions of the ultra-rich rather than museum halls.

Dutchess_III's avatar

“A private, anonymous collector from the US bought Big John’s skeleton, which was put on public display at the Drouot auction house in Paris last week.

Brian1946's avatar

Regarding the long, downward curving thingy below Big John’s tail: who woulda thunk that would survive fossilization?! ;-o

rebbel's avatar

@Dutchess_III You spoil sport you, always with your facts.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I suck. I know. :/
And the quote was from the OP’s own link.

zenvelo's avatar

Other than this one being a GBMF, who caresl if it goes into a private collection? It isn’t like there are a lot of places that can keep it on display.

The American Museum of Natural History in NY doesn’y have room for it, nor does the Smithsonian in Washington or the Field in Chicago. You get Big John, you have to put a T Rex in the closet.

product's avatar

The fact that it’s referred to as “Big John” is the most disturbing part of the story.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Why? Because the buyer had the money to buy it so he did. One museum said the price was 20–25 years of his museum’s budget.

smudges's avatar

I have yet to find out who owned Big John…who had the right to sell it. I would think the U.S. owned it since it was found in South Dakota? or the university that supplied the paleontologists? or whoever discovered it?

Nomore_lockout's avatar

Anything for a buck.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@smudges The skeleton was first discovered in South Dakota by geologist Walter W. Stein Bill in 2014. It is thought the dinosaur lived in Laramidia, an enormous, ancient continent that, today, would have stretched between Alaska and Mexico. -CNN

I haven’t found more yet either.

smudges's avatar

@KNOWITALL Thanks. I’ll keep searching and post anything I find here.

janbb's avatar

I did a search too and couldn’t find who the seller was. It might be a consortium of the people who found it and the people in Italy who assembled it.

flutherother's avatar

It seems we don’t know very much about the sale but one thing is apparent, this private individual whoever he is has far too much money.

smudges's avatar

This is the closest answer I think we’ll get, and it’s not very satisfying:

About halfway down is “Who owns a fossil once it’s found?”

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