Game's up for trophies from doctor's collection

Kevin Shannon stands below some of the  game trophies he has collected over the years. Photo by...
Kevin Shannon stands below some of the game trophies he has collected over the years. Photo by Christine O'Connor.

When keen Dunedin hunter Kevin Shannon decided to clear some space, the wildebeest, gemsbok and warthog were among those that had to go.

The mounted animals are among a group of six the retired doctor is selling at Hayward's Auction House in Princes St.

Dr Shannon (84) has collected more than 80 trophies over the years - his Dunedin house is full of them, hence the need to ''clear some space''.

He has been going on game hunting trips since the 1970s, travelling to Zambia, South Africa, Namibia, Nepal, Canada, Iran and Mongolia.

The tahr on display at the auction house was shot by Mr Shannon in the Himalayas in 1980.

Others were shot in the Southern Alps.

The trophies will be part of the antique and collectable auction at the auction house tomorrow.

Auction house employee John Moore is set to take over the business when owner Kevin Hayward retires in July.

Mr Hayward said Mr Moore would run a ''scaled back'' operation, using only the upstairs area of the building, but would still run general and antique and collectable auctions.

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