Tiger’s head under gavel

PUBLISHED: 06:05 22 March 2007 | UPDATED: 21:37 29 May 2010

A TIGER S head is one of the more unusual items about to come under the hammer at Mullucks Wells salerooms in Great Dunmow on Monday. It was discovered by William Wells from Mullucks Wells Estate Agents on a valuation of a property in East Hertfordshire.

A TIGER'S head is one of the more unusual items about to come under the hammer at Mullucks Wells' salerooms in Great Dunmow on Monday.

It was discovered by William Wells from Mullucks Wells Estate Agents on a valuation of a property in East Hertfordshire.

"The owner had told me that the tiger's head was there," Mr Wells explained. "But it was still a bit of a shock when I pushed open the loft hatch to be confronted by a pair of beady gleaming eyes and glinting white teeth!"

Lloyd Rust, auctioneer and saleroom manager, said: "The owners of the tiger's head and Mullucks Wells want the sale proceeds to go to an animal rescue centre or conservation charity so it can be used to help animals that need help today. I think that is a nice gesture."

Mr Wells added: "The 1930s was a time in history when men went hunting and brought back animal heads as trophies.

"Unfortunately, it was something that led to some species being wiped out altogether. We want to do all we can to help protect these beautiful animals in the future."

Also in the sale are 500 items of furniture, jewellery, and prints. Viewing is this Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Catalogues can be ordered by calling 01371 873014.

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