A gigantic dinosaur named Misty is moving to Denmark after it was bought at a London auction two weeks by the Natural History Museum.
The complete 17-metre skeleton of a Diplodocus cost 4.3 million kroner and was secured through a grant from Det Obelsk Familiefond.
“We think it is important that Denmark’s Natural History Museum owns a dinosaur […] so when we were suddenly given the opportunity to give the Natural History Museum this early Christmas present, we jumped at the chance,” fund chairman Christen Obel said in a press release. “Misty is an iconic and fascinating item and will surely create value for the museum for many generations.”
Iconic exhibit in new museum
The Natural History Museum is run by the University of Copenhagen and Misty is expected to be exhibited in the new facilities that are planned near the Botanical Gardens in central Copenhagen.
By November the university had raised 650 million kroner of the 1.2 billion kroner the new facilities are expected to cost.