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Some people have coat racks, chandeliers and candelabras made from caribou or elk antlers — but how about triceratops?

Some people have coat racks, chandeliers and candelabras made from caribou or elk antlers — but how about triceratops?

Tonight, Maynards is auctioning off 45 fossilized dinosaur skeletons, petrified wood, rocks and gems that have been on display at Telus World of Science since October.

Pamela Findling, communications co-ordinator for Science World, said a triceratops skull, complete platecarpus and eight-metre-long edmontosaurus, are expected to go for $200,000 to $500,000 each.

There are also dinosaur eggs, which are estimated to sell for $30,000 to $40,000, a 30-million-year-old tree trunk, which is running for $500 to $700, and a stegosaurus tailbone for $1,000 to $2,000.

Science World, which can’t afford to buy the exhibit, will host the auction.

“All the dinosaurs are real fossils, except the T-Rex replica, which is part of our permanent exhibit (and not for sale),” Findling said.

“(Today) potential buyers can come by and preview the exhibit, and the fossils will be auctioned off (tonight at 7 p.m.).”

She said anyone is welcome to bid on the fossils, and expects museums, private collectors and even some wineries to show interest. “Who wouldn’t want a big huge dinosaur in their living room?” Findling said. “So who knows?”

 
 
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