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    Loxodonta africana

    These spectacular trophies were taken in Kenya in the 1930s, at which time they were amongst the very largest ever taken in the area. They were bagged by a private hunter, who recorded the whole hunting expedition in his journal. When acquired for the Coors Collection in 1997, they were recorded as the third largest pair in North America. Not only are they enormous, but they are also very nicely matched - many bulls' tusks will vary greatly in size, shape and condition since Elephants, as with humans' hands, are left- or right-tusked, and therefore use one much more than the other. The present pair presents a terrific symmetry however, with lovely creamy ivory, dramatic dark grain lines, and very similar curving shapes. Marks from the old mountings remain, as does a certain amount of discoloration; but the tusks were professionally cleaned in 2000 and these blemishes scarcely detract from the overall aesthetic effect, which remains stunning. They measure 97 x 99 inches around the curve and 17⅝ x 18 inches circumference at the base. Each is presented on a fully-adjustable, custom metal plinth, and they make for a truly stupendous display, amongst the finest prizes of Big Game hunting.

    Provenance: Ex. Mr and Mrs William Coors Collection

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
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