Rare dinosaur skeleton sells for €2 million

The skeleton of an undeterminate carnivorous dinosaur, which fetched €2 million at auction, on display, on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, in Paris. (AFP)
Updated 04 June 2018
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Rare dinosaur skeleton sells for €2 million

  • The bones of what scientists believe to be “probably a new species” of the carnivorous allosaurus were discovered during a dig in Wyoming in the United States in 2013.
  • The 150-million-year-old skeleton, which is 70 percent intact, was snapped up by an unnamed French art collector, who promised that the specimen will be lent out to a museum.

PARIS: The skeleton of an extremely rare form of dinosaur sold for more than €2 million ($2.3 million) at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Monday.
The bones of what scientists believe to be “probably a new species” of the carnivorous allosaurus were discovered during a dig in Wyoming in the United States in 2013.
The 150-million-year-old skeleton, which is 70 percent intact, was snapped up by an unnamed French art collector, who promised that the specimen will be lent out to a museum.
The buyer “wants it to be on display in a French museum,” auctioneer Claude Aguttes told AFP.
The dinosaur, which is more than nine meters (30 feet) long and 2.6 meters high, lived during the late Jurassic period, said Eric Mickeler who works for the Aguttes auction house.
He said it was the “only one of its species” to have yet been discovered.
Dinosaur expert Eric Geneste had earlier told AFP it was impossible to “classify the skeleton yet as a allosaurus” because it was more robust, “with longer shoulder blades and a different number of teeth.”
“In fact there are as many differences between it and an allosaurus as between a human and a gorilla,” he added.
Japanese and Swedish telephone bidders also tried to buy the dinosaur, pushing the bidding above the €1.8 million estimate.
The same French auction house sold an allosaurus called “Kan” for €1.1 million in 2016.
Mickeler said that “herbivores do not quite excite businessmen who buy dinosaurs the same way as carnivores do. They want to buy carnivores like themselves.”
Part of the proceeds of the sale of the skeleton by a British collector will go to toward funding further archaeological digs.


Mo Salah’s wife: Egyptian women’s icon who shuns limelight

Updated 18 September 2019

Mo Salah’s wife: Egyptian women’s icon who shuns limelight

  • Salah prefers to keep his private life in general away from the glare of the media

CAIRO: Magi Sadeq, 25, is known for keeping a low profile in the media compared to the wives of other footballers. 

The wife of Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah has become something of a celebrity in her own right after appearing with her husband while maintaining a conservative look.

Salah prefers to keep his private life in general away from the glare of the media, but sometimes there is no escaping the spotlight for his wife and daughter.

Sadeq appeared with her husband at celebrations held by the Confederation of African Football when Salah won the African Player of the Year award. She also appeared with their daughter Makka during celebrations marking Salah’s winning of the Premier League Golden Boot award, and after Liverpool won the 2019 UEFA Champions League.

Sadeq was born and raised in Nagrig, a village in Gharbia where Salah was also born. It is the same place where they like to spend their holidays and special occasions whenever they have the chance.

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Sadeq appeared with her husband at celebrations held by the Confederation of African Football when Salah won the African Player of the Year award.

She has a twin sister, Mohab, and two other sisters, Mahy and Miram. Their parents were both teachers at Mohamed Eyad Al-Tantawi School, where she met the future Egyptian international.

Sadeq, who maintains a simple lifestyle, fell in love with Salah 10 years before they married. Their love story was the talk of the town where they lived.

They were married in 2013 as the player started taking his first steps in Europe with Swiss football club Basel. They married when he returned home for his first holiday.  

She keeps her husband connected to his rural roots. She doesn’t have any social media accounts, and unlike other footballer’s wives, she is not interested in appearance and makeup. She prefers to wear body-covering conservative clothes.

Sadeq and her twin sister both obtained their degrees in biotechnology from Alexandria University. She is responsible for her husband’s charity work in Egypt. Her neighbors say that she helps in buying the necessary home appliances and other needs of newly married couples. She also supervises charity work and regularly attends the special events staged by her village even though she has been made busier after her husband joined Liverpool.

Salah once said of his wife: “I am unfair to Magi as I give her the least of my time due to the nature of my work. I would like to thank her for her support and for being in my life.”