Bob the world’s largest triceratops fossil to be auctioned

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (KVVR)–North Dakota has been the home for Bob the Triceratops for the past 65 million years, but that will all change Sunday.

Bob is the largest triceratops fossil found anywhere in the world, and soon he’ll be auctioned off to the highest bidder. The fossil was discovered in the Badlands of North Dakota in 2003 when a land owner stumbled across the shoulder blade sticking up from the ground.

But there’s a good chance Bob will be leaving North Dakota after the auction.

“Bob is Bob. It has a face only a mother triceratops can love but the fact that it’s real. That’s the thing of it,” says Barnes County Museum Curator, Wes Anderson. “It’s a tremendous loss for the state to lose another treasure to someplace else.”

Bob’s owner is from the area, but to cover Bob’s cost he has to sell him. He hopes to get about $1.4 million for Bob. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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