As the fall auction season winds down with the last major contemporary sale at Sotheby’s tonight, we thought, for the sake of perspective, it might be useful to take a step back and look at the broader auction market. Who, for example, is buying dinosaurs right now? Do you even know?A stellar story from Bloomberg today begins with a representative from the S&P saying that dinosaur fossils and bones are a terrible investment. Segue seemlessly into a semi-serious analysis of the market for dinosaur bones (hey, Nicholas Cage bought a T-Rex skull for $276,000, once), and it’s a piece for the ages:
“’There’s never been a fossilized penis or vagina found on a dinosaur,’ [a dealer] says. ‘The first person who finds one is going to make bundles of cash, but who knows how much,’ says [another dealer]”
So for our regular readers, the dinosaur penis would be roughly equivalent to an early Picasso that turns up in the estate of a woman who was the artist’s secret lover and received the painting directly from him, with documentation that proves everything. All clear? Dinosaur penis means big money.