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This mammoth tusk with 19th century carving goes under the hammer at Humbert & Ellis Auctioneers on April 5 estimated at £30,000-40,000.

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This mammoth tusk with 19th century carving goes under the hammer at Humbert & Ellis Auctioneers of Whittlebury in Towcester on April 5.

According to the vendor, who purchased it in New York in 2009 for a six-figure sum, the tusk was discovered in Siberia in the middle of the 19th century and sent to a northern province in China bordering Mongolia to be carved.

The 7ft 2in (2.2m) long tusk features an allegorical battle scene with more than 30 armed figures, some on horseback. Estimate £30,000-40,000.

jphumbert.com