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Aequity expert Diggory Hadoke from VintageGuns.com says good tiger skins can fetch over £10,000 each. There are two guided tiger skins at the top prices of £5,000 and £5,500 in the Tennants sale. A snow leopard is estimated between £1,200 and £1,800. and an Indian leopard between £1,000 and £1,200.

England and Harlequins stalwart Joe Marler recently did an advert for underwear company Step One with a buffalo head. Hadoke says it’s the harshness of the bleached skull against the darkness of the horns that makes wood and horn mounts appealing to interior designers.

Martin Jacoby, who studies the evolution of human behavior, emphasizes the importance of “display” by hanging game heads on walls. He says it’s part of human behavior that probably dates from shortly after the first humans started hunting big game on the South African savannah.

Claes Olesen of Denmark’s Valdemar Castle Hunting Museum, Europe’s largest public big game hunting exhibit, says showing off your game heads is a way to show you’re a conservation hero. He says the role trophies play in inspiring hunters to fund much of wildlife conservation in the developing world means a trophy is a ‘badge’ a hunter earns for playing their part in this conservation story.

Meanwhile, the BBC is trying to ‘cancel’ the hunting trophies. He ran a narrative about a collection of trophies in Valencia, inherited from a hunter by his two sons in 2014, which Spanish police recently seized on import certificates. Despite footage showing the Valencia collection presented as a trophy museum, the BBC has attempted to criminalize conservation efforts by referring to the “carrying” of trophies by police. Britain’s state-run news agency left out important sections of the story, such as the warehouse’s public use as a trophy museum for at least eight years.

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This item appears in Fieldsports Extra, episode 216

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