Jurassic Park velociraptor cage proves meaty fare for eBay users

Jurrasic On Ebay

Bids on film prop at $99,500 and counting as eBay users look to snap up memento of 1993 dinosaur blockbuster

A velociraptor cage featured in the opening scenes of Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park has gone on sale on eBay, complete with "life-size" dinosaur occupant.

Bids for the 7ft-wide concrete prop, which is being sold by Theme Park Connection, a company specialising in movie props, have reached $99,500 (£60,000) so far. The velociraptor seen in promotional shots for the auction was reportedly used at the film's premiere.

"In this auction you are bidding on one of the most recognisable props from Steven Spielberg's 1993 worldwide hit, Jurassic Park!" reads the item's description. "This is the full-size animal transport cage crate featured in the terrifying opening scene of the classic blockbuster movie. It housed the velociraptor that attacked and killed the ill-fated 'gate keeper' as Jurassic Park's game warden and workers attempted to move the raptor into its permanent pen."

The eBay auction has another eight days to run and has already been viewed more than 380,000 times. Spielberg's science fiction action movie became the highest-grossing film of all time when it was released in 1993, though its $900m take has since been surpassed by a dozen movies.

Based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton, the film spawned two sequels. Spielberg himself directed 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park, while Joe Johnston took over four years later for Jurassic Park III.

A fourth film, Jurassic World, is in development for release in 2015, with Safety Not Guaranteed's Colin Trevorrow in charge of the cameras.

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