Daily Archives: August 30, 2009

Dinosaurs Reincarnated in Las Vegas

One of the largest known Tyrannosaurus rex specimens ever discovered will be offered by international auctioneers Bonhams & Butterfields on October 3, 2009, following a preview which starts September 18, during the company’s first Natural History auction to be held at The Venetian in Las Vegas. Tyrannosaurusrex

The auction will contain approximately 50 lots of fossils with the centerpiece of the sale focusing on the expertly mounted female T. rex, expected to bring millions of dollars. 

The rare 66-million year old Tyrannosaurus skeleton – dubbed “Samson” – is arguably one of the three most complete specimens to have been discovered. This rare example from the Cretaceous period was excavated near Buffalo, South Dakota over 15 years ago. 

Originally prepared by scientists and technicians at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, “Samson’s” skull is considered to be one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus skulls in existence. The entire specimen contains approximately 170 bones, more than 50% of the total bone count of an entire skeleton. In life, “Samson” was equal in weight to “Sue,” the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton which sold for $8.3 million in 1997. 

In addition to “Samson,” the October 3 sale will also feature approximately 50 lots of high quality and distinctive dinosaur specimens and exceptional fossils. Other highlights will include a fully mounted, 28-foot-long “duckbilled” dinosaur skeleton and a 7-foot-long fossil shark from the Permian Period, which was discovered in Germany. 

The illustrated catalogue will be available online for review at www.bonhams.com/us in the weeks preceding the auction. The specimen will be exhibited and sold in the space formerly occupied by The Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, designed by renowned architect Rem Koolhaas. 

Las Vegas Backstage Access would entertain doing an article for your publication, with optional photography and video, on this unique event.  If interested, please reply with article comment.

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Jon Gosselin: Money Talks, Bullshit Walks in Las Vegas!

To Jon Gosselin, money talks.  And he means it. 

As previously reported by Las Vegas Backstage Access, The Jon & Kate Plus 8 star is hosting a pool party in Las Vegas this weekend at MGM Grand’s Wet Republic but now sources in Sin City reportedly have told RadarOnline.com exclusively that Jon says he won’t talk to the media on the Red Carpet. 

Why?  It depends upon who you believe.  One source told RadarOnline.com that Jon doesn’t want to answer certain questions?  (Mmmm, wonder why?)  But another source says he want to be paid for any media interviews, leading us to wonder if he’s been talking to socialite Paris Hilton? 

Supposedly, a group of Jon’s friends from Pennsylvania are now in Las Vegas to join him and his mom, planning on partying until they drain all the liquor from Sin City.

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