- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - A safari-themed auction is drawing a lot of attention to the eastern Nebraska city of Columbus this weekend.

Dozens of stuffed exotic animals - from giraffes and lions to a mounted hyena and baboon - from the collection of late Columbus businessman Chuck Sand will be among the items auctioned Sunday at Platte County Agricultural Park.

Grubaugh Auction Service told the Columbus Telegram (https://bit.ly/1inIMIK ) that the collection includes about 125 items, including hides and skulls.

Sand, who died in November 2012 at the age of 69, built a home with 14-foot ceilings overlooking the Platte County countryside specifically to display his trophies from a lifetime of hunting trips to Africa, Europe, Mexico, Canada and across the U.S.

Many of the taxidermy animals, including a full-size elephant head, were displayed in the house.

Sand’s wife, Carol Sand, called the downstairs space of the home the “perfect party room” with no shortage of conversation pieces - from the custom bar to the full-size mounted mountain lion and leopard standing above it.

“He never did anything the small way,” she said of her late husband.

Sand, a Lindsay native who found success building hog confinements in the U.S. and China, went on his first African safari trip in 1979. Four more followed.

Carol Sand said a portion of her husband’s collection will stay with the family. Each of his grandchildren received a gun from his collection for Christmas. But most of the pieces cleared from the house, an office and cabin were expected to be on the auction block on Sunday.

Federal law may prohibit the sale of a few items, however. Although Sand had all the proper permits and paperwork to shoot the animals, the elephant head and a leopard may be barred from sale by law.

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Information from: Columbus Telegram, https://www.columbustelegram.com


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