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Mongolian Legal firm's Press Release and account of today's contingency sale of T bataar.

The following press release is from the legal firm representing the Mongolian 
about what transpired during the "contingency" sale of the T bataar today. 


*Sale of Tyrannosaurus Fossil in New York Today Delayed By President of

*New York, NY*  – Today, the sale of a dinosaur skeleton believed to be a

Mongolian national treasure – a 24-foot-long, 8-foot-tall Tyrannosaurus
fossil – was put on hold by legal action taken by the President of
Mongolia, Elbegdorj Tsakhia.  Houston attorney Robert Painter filed a
lawsuit in a Texas district court on behalf of the President enjoining the
sale and transfer of the huge fossil until legal ownership and proper
provenance is proven in court.  A Texas judge signed a temporary
restraining order that ordered Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, Inc. to halt
the sale of the fossil that experts believe was smuggled out of Mongolia.

Officials with Heritage Auctions were served with the temporary restraining
order (TRO) late Saturday and today in New York, both before and during the
auction. A copy of the original petition and TRO can be found at this link:

When this particular lot came up for auction today, the Heritage Auctions,
Inc. auctioneer read a statement, “The sale of this next lot will be
contingent on a satisfactory resolution of a court proceeding dealing with
this matter.”

At that point, attorney Robert Painter got Judge Carlos Cortez, of the 44th
District Court of Dallas County, Texas, who signed the TRO, on his cell
phone.  Painter stood up at the auction, and stated that the judge was on
the telephone and that going forward with the auction, even contingent on
the court proceeding, would violate the TRO.

Heritage Auctions, Inc. President Greg Rohan rushed toward Painter, refused
to speak with Judge Cortez, asked Painter to leave the room and directed
that the auction proceed.

Painter said, “I am very surprised that Heritage Auctions, Inc. knowingly
defied a valid court order, particularly with the judge on the phone,
listening and ready to explain his order.  It makes me wonder if that
Heritage Auctions, Inc. has a similar disregard for the property laws that
protect antiquities, like the Tyrannosaurus fossil, that they attempt to

“I applaud President Elbegdorj for taking swift action to oppose the sale
of this important Mongolian national treasure, and to make sure that it is
not transferred to anyone until its ownership is verified in court,” said
Texas-based Ed Story, Honorary Consul General of Mongolia. “His leadership
in protecting the cultural heritage of the Mongolian people was on display
again today in New York, thousands of miles away from Mongolia.”

Painter added, “This is a victory not only for the people of Mongolia who
are one step closer to proving the true ownership of this important
dinosaur, but also for the important friendship between the people of
United States and Mongolia.”

According to the Daily Mail newspaper, this 80 million year old fossil was
found in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia in 2005. A team of UK and American
scientists assembled it. Mongolian law prohibits the transport of such
fossils outside the country.

“These specimens are the patrimony of the Mongolian people and should be in
a museum in Mongolia,” said Dr. Mark Norell, Chairman and Curator, American
Museum of American History, Division of Palentology [sic], who worked in
Mongolia for 22 years.