Mystery dinosaur skeleton to be auctioned in Paris

LYON, France, March 15 (Reuters) - The fossilized skeleton of an unidentified type of dinosaur is set to be auctioned in Paris in June, and could fetch up to 1.8 million euros ($2.22 million), auctioneers said.

Almost nine meters long, the skeleton is unusually complete, at almost 70 percent whole.

It is believed to be from the carnivorous, theropod group of dinosaurs, which had hollow bones and three-toed feet, said Eric Mickeler, a paleontological expert working with auction house Aguttes.

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A skeleton of a theropod is displayed before its auction by Aguttes auction house in Lyon, France, march 15, 2018. REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot
The skeleton of an carnivorous dinosaur 'still unknown' is displayed on March 14, 2018 at the Aguttes auction house, located in the former Brotteaux railway station in Lyon. The 9-metre-long, 2,5-metre-high skeleton was found in Wyoming, USA, in 2013 and is some 150 Million years old. This utterly unique object of a completely unknown Theropod, will go on auction on June 2018 during an exhibition held by Aguttes auction house on the first floor of the Eiffel tower. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK (Photo credit should read JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
The skeleton of an carnivorous dinosaur 'still unknown' is displayed on March 14, 2018 at the Aguttes auction house, located in the former Brotteaux railway station in Lyon. The 9-metre-long, 2,5-metre-high skeleton was found in Wyoming, USA, in 2013 and is some 150 Million years old. This utterly unique object of a completely unknown Theropod, will go on auction on June 2018 during an exhibition held by Aguttes auction house on the first floor of the Eiffel tower. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK (Photo credit should read JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
The skeleton of an carnivorous dinosaur 'still unknown' is displayed on March 14, 2018 at the Aguttes auction house, located in the former Brotteaux railway station in Lyon. The 9-metre-long, 2,5-metre-high skeleton was found in Wyoming, USA, in 2013 and is some 150 Million years old. This utterly unique object of a completely unknown Theropod, will go on auction on June 2018 during an exhibition held by Aguttes auction house on the first floor of the Eiffel tower. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK (Photo credit should read JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
The skeleton of an carnivorous dinosaur 'still unknown' is displayed on March 14, 2018 at the Aguttes auction house, located in the former Brotteaux railway station in Lyon. The 9-metre-long, 2,5-metre-high skeleton was found in Wyoming, USA, in 2013 and is some 150 Million years old. This utterly unique object of a completely unknown Theropod, will go on auction on June 2018 during an exhibition held by Aguttes auction house on the first floor of the Eiffel tower. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK (Photo credit should read JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
The skeleton head of an carnivorous dinosaur 'still unknown' is pictured on March 14, 2018 at the Aguttes auction house, located in the former Brotteaux railway station in Lyon. The 9-metre-long, 2,5-metre-high skeleton was found in Wyoming, USA, in 2013 and is some 150 Million years old. This utterly unique object of a completely unknown Theropod, will go on auction on June 2018 during an exhibition held by Aguttes auction house on the first floor of the Eiffel tower. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK (Photo credit should read JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
The skeleton of an carnivorous dinosaur 'still unknown' is displayed on March 14, 2018 at the Aguttes auction house, located in the former Brotteaux railway station in Lyon. The 9-metre-long, 2,5-metre-high skeleton was found in Wyoming, USA, in 2013 and is some 150 Million years old. This utterly unique object of a completely unknown Theropod, will go on auction on June 2018 during an exhibition held by Aguttes auction house on the first floor of the Eiffel tower. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK (Photo credit should read JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
The skeleton of an carnivorous dinosaur 'still unknown' is displayed on March 14, 2018 at the Aguttes auction house, located in the former Brotteaux railway station in Lyon. The 9-metre-long, 2,5-metre-high skeleton was found in Wyoming, USA, in 2013 and is some 150 Million years old. This utterly unique object of a completely unknown Theropod, will go on auction on June 2018 during an exhibition held by Aguttes auction house on the first floor of the Eiffel tower. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK (Photo credit should read JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
The teeth of an carnivorous dinosaur 'still unknown' are pictured on March 14, 2018 at the Aguttes auction house, located in the former Brotteaux railway station in Lyon. The 9-metre-long, 2,5-metre-high skeleton was found in Wyoming, USA, in 2013 and is some 150 Million years old. This utterly unique object of a completely unknown Theropod, will go on auction on June 2018 during an exhibition held by Aguttes auction house on the first floor of the Eiffel tower. / AFP PHOTO / JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK (Photo credit should read JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
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But beyond that scientists are still stumped and have spotted differences with known species, he added.

"Nothing else is known," Mickeler said.

The skeleton, now on show in the French city of Lyon to possible buyers such as museums or private collectors before the June 4 auction, is estimated to be worth between 1.2 million and 1.8 million euros.

It was found in Wyoming, in the United States, in 2013 and belongs to an unnamed British businessman.

It will be installed on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower for the sale. Potential buyers can bid in euros or in digital currency bitcoin.

(Reporting by Catherine Lagrange; Writing by Sarah White; Editing by Andrew Roche)

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