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Huge dinosaur skeleton, found in Wyoming, fetches $650,000 at UK auction

  • Potential bidders admire the 17-metre (55 feet) long skeletal specimen of a long-necked Diplodocus Longus dinosaur displayed at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, England, Wednesday Nov. 27, 2013, before it is auctioned.  The rare near complete skeleton of the Diplodocus dinosaur which last roamed Earth more than 150 million years ago was found in Wyoming in the United States and stands 6 metre (19 feet) tall, has fetched 400,000 pounds (US dlrs 651,000 / 480,000 euro) at auction on Wednesday. (AP Photo / Gareth Fuller, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

    Potential bidders admire the 17-metre (55 feet) long skeletal specimen of a long-necked Diplodocus Longus dinosaur displayed at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, England, Wednesday Nov. 27, 2013, before it is auctioned. The rare near complete skeleton of the Diplodocus dinosaur which last roamed Earth more than 150 million years ago was found in Wyoming in the United States and stands 6 metre (19 feet) tall, has fetched 400,000 pounds (US dlrs 651,000 / 480,000 euro) at auction on Wednesday. (AP Photo / Gareth Fuller, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES  (The Associated Press)

  • A 17-metre (55 feet) long skeletal specimen of a long-necked Diplodocus Longus dinosaur is displayed at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, England, Wednesday Nov. 27, 2013, before it is auctioned.  The rare near complete skeleton of the Diplodocus dinosaur which last roamed Earth more than 150 million years ago was found in Wyoming in the United States and stands 6 metre (19 feet) tall, has fetched 400,000 pounds (US dlrs 651,000 / 480,000 euro) at auction on Wednesday. (AP Photo / Gareth Fuller, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

    A 17-metre (55 feet) long skeletal specimen of a long-necked Diplodocus Longus dinosaur is displayed at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, England, Wednesday Nov. 27, 2013, before it is auctioned. The rare near complete skeleton of the Diplodocus dinosaur which last roamed Earth more than 150 million years ago was found in Wyoming in the United States and stands 6 metre (19 feet) tall, has fetched 400,000 pounds (US dlrs 651,000 / 480,000 euro) at auction on Wednesday. (AP Photo / Gareth Fuller, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES  (The Associated Press)

A huge dinosaur skeleton found in the United States has fetched 400,000 pounds (about $650,000) at an auction in England.

The female Diplodocus longus skeleton, nicknamed "Misty," measures 55 feet (17 meters) long and 19 feet (6 meters) tall.

Summers Place Auctions said the skeleton was rare because it was found mostly intact near a quarry in Wyoming by accident. The skeleton was treated at a fossil laboratory in the Netherlands before it was assembled in Britain.

The auction house, in southern England's West Sussex, said Wednesday the buyer is an unnamed institution that would put the skeleton on public display.