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In this Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 photo, Clayton Phipps points out some features of the nanotyrannus lancensis he discovered, while the fossils are on display in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

'Montana Dueling Dinos' to sell at NYC auction

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In this Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 photo, a model that recreates the position that two dinosaurs were discovered in is displayed in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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In this Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 photo, Clayton Phipps poses for a picture with one of the two "dueling dinosaurs" he discovered in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

– Two fossilized dinosaur skeletons found on a Montana ranch in 2006 are going on the auction block in New York City. They're expected to fetch between $7 million and $9 million.

The nearly complete skeletons are billed as the "Montana Dueling Dinosaurs." The sellers say the dinosaurs – one a plant eater, the other a meat eater – appear to be locked in mortal combat.

They're being sold as one lot at Bonhams auction house Tuesday.

The skeletons were discovered by a fossil hunter on a neighbor's ranch in an area where dinosaurs once roamed.

The sellers believe one may be a close relative of Tyrannosaurus rex. The other may be a new species similar to Triceratops.

They hope a philanthropist buys them and donates them to a public institution.