Museum of taxidermy puts up rare Victorian still life collection for auction
If you are a fan of the age-old royal pursuit of flaunting their hunting skills with the “stuffed animal” hunting trophies, then now is your chance to own one of the oldest and most varied collections of stuffed animals from the 19th century by a Victorian adventurer. The collection includes real animals as well as peculiar fictional ones including a Yeti dressed like a snowman, Mogasus: a winged cat, mermaid and the mythological creature of unicorn labeled as “Monoceros unicornis.” The collection belonged to a museum of taxidermy that has closed and now are put up on auction. Animal lovers will appreciate the rare creatures existed like a two-headed sheep and a Siamese sheep, were for real and so is the Jackalope – a nearly extinct antlered species of rabbit “found almost exclusively on the high plains of Wyoming.” Rupert Perry-Warnes, from Duke’s auction house in Dorchester, is selling the stuffed creatures at a sale on April 13 along with the fictional ones. So, if you too consider taxidermy as an art form, then this is it.