The museum never materialized, so the painting instead hung in a
The painting and 309 other unique items, from African hunting trophies to bronze masks and exotic guns, will be up for sale Saturday during a liquidated auction to fuel Dubs' charitable foundation.
"I have no idea what that painting will sell for, but it's there," says
The painting will be joined at the sale by African ivory tusks, a full-sized mounted Alaskan brown bear and bighorn sheep and even a shoulder mount of a white rhinoceros, among other exotic items.
"It's part of what I would say is probably one of the most sought-after and available collections to ever hit the West," says Dimick, who is joined by
The bidding, live and online through Proxibid.com, begins at
A public preview of the items will be held from
Dubs' hunting prowess reached its zenith in 1960 when he killed a world-record polar bear that landed him in the
Dubs still holds the
A stickler for details, Dubs kept precise records of his hunts and about the trophies he brought home, and these records could make all the difference in whether some of his most exotic pieces can be sold.
"I have permits for every place Art went hunting in the world," says
Many of his mounts have been donated or on loan to places such as the
Dubs instructed that the remaining items in his collection be sold and the profits turned over to the foundation, which records show is worth about
Species shot outside of
Sales of mounts of threatened or endangered animals are regulated under international treaty.
Niemela and fellow biologist
"The collection is impressive, and not just the mounts," Niemela says.
Hyatt says he is in the process of amassing paperwork needed to sell some of the exotic mounts shipped into the country from places such as
Dimick says the collection has drawn interest from throughout the country.
"I think this auction will be one of the bigger deals to hit
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