CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

Sci-Tech

What do you get the millionaire who has everything? A dinosaur. Or eight.

A Dutch zoo is selling its natural-history collection at auction. Stock up for one of your summer homes.

This skeleton of an eohippus, a dog-size ancestor of the horse, was found in South Dakota.

Summers Place Auctions

Anyone with a fat checkbook can own a supercar, castle or private island. But until the day "Jurassic Park" is a reality, there are only so many dinosaur skeletons on Earth, and most of them live contentedly in museums.

Not anymore. If you're the moneyed sort, you can one-up the start-up moneybags next door by acquiring your own family of dinosaurs and other fossils, thanks to an upcoming auction.

Emmen Zoo in the Netherlands has relocated, and its natural-history collection is being auctioned off June 7 and 8. Your own dinosaur army not in the budget this year? You can still page through the online auction catalog and marvel at the offerings.

One of the dinosaurs even has a name. Freya is a duck-billed dinosaur said to have been as large as a Tyrannosaurus rex, and is expected to sell for as much as $115,000 (£80,000, AU$160,000). Hey, even a mere millionaire could afford that.

Not all of the fossils for sale are dinosaurs. A complete skeleton of an eohippus, an early small horse, is expected to go for $5,700-$8,600 (£4,000-6,000, AU$8,000-12,000). A hyrachyus, suspected to be the ancestor of modern tapirs and rhinoceroses, falls in that same price range.

And if you've got mad-scientist machinations, a fossilized nest of hadrosaur eggs is expected to sell for $2,600 (£1,800, AU$3,600). Word to the wise: Should they hatch, please call in the Costa Rican commandos immediately. Learn from John Hammond's mistakes.