Giant skeleton of a dinosaur sold for £450,000

A giant skeleton of a dinosaur which last roamed Earth more than 150 million years ago has fetched £450,000 at auction.

The image of the skeleton Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The 55ft (17m) specimen of the long-necked Diplodocus longus went under the hammer at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, West Sussex.

The sale of the female skeleton, 19ft (6m) tall and nicknamed "Misty", was the first UK auction of a large dinosaur skeleton, according to experts.

The female skeleton is nicknamed "Misty" Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

"There are probably about six of these in the great museums of the world, including in Pittsburgh and Washington," natural history expert Errol Fuller said.

It was found almost completely intact in 2009 by the sons of renowned palaeontologist Raimund Albersdoerfer near a quarry in Wyoming in the United States.

The skeleton was bought by an undisclosed institution and it will go on public display, auction officials said.