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any thoughts on how to sell a collection?

Not sure this is appropriate, but I'm looking for some advice and you folks seem to know far more than me.  A family friend was a big game hunter for the past 60+ years.  At some point or another he seemed to bag everything.  They built their home to highlight his mounts, they had one massive room (several thousand sq feet) for Africa (elephant tusks at least 6ft tall, lions, leopards etc) and another for N. America.  There are literally hundreds of mounts.

Unfortunately he has passed away; at one point he had spoken to the University of Michigan but they wanted him to finance a building and he wasn't willing to do so.

Any thoughts on how to sell or possibly who to donate to?

We are located in SE Michigan.

thanks for any advice.

-paul

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Not something I've ever had

Not something I've ever had to think about doing and will certainly never amass such a collection as that one. For something this large you obviously don't take out an add in the local paper.

I'm sure someone will have better ideas than mine but I guess the first thing I would think about is maybe contacting the Cabela's or Bass Pro Shops hq and seeing if they were interested due to the displays they put up in their stores. If not I'm sure someone could get the word out, I'm sure a collection of that magnitude could be worth a considerable amount of money.

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any thoughts on how to sell a collection?

Another option besides Cabela's and Bass Pro is Sportsman's Warehouse.  They're not as big as the other two, but they're all over the country and display a lot of taxidermy in their stores.

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thanks for the suggestions, I

thanks for the suggestions, I hadn't thought of either.  If it were up to me I'd like some sort of museum to take them-not sure what will happen to them.  I am still making a few calls to museums to see if they have any thoughts.  One museum I already spoke to said they'd have interest in the full body mounts-seemed particularly interested in his bongo, but they didn't have any interest in the traditionally mounted head/shoulder mounts.

 

if anyone else has any thoughts I'm all ears.  I wasn't sure if there was ever auctions for this sort of things.

 

thanks

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Maybe you could call an

Maybe you could call an organization like SCI. Safari club international deals with world wide hunting and has a big representation everywhere.

AlpineClimber on this forum is a big supporter of them maybe you could send him a pm.

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Just make sure to check on

Just make sure to check on the laws regarding the sale of any item that has ivory in it, i.e. the elephant tusks.

There may not be any regulations on them once they are in the United States, but I know there are laws regarding the importation of them.

There are also some eduational areas you may want to consider, if you chose to donate instead of selling. I know out here in California, the game wardens wake some of the animals that are poached, hit with cars, whatever, and will use them for educational purposes in classrooms and such.

Sounds like you have some good items!  Good luck!!!

 

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