Big game hunter’s treasures fetch £650,000

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THE contents of the home of a real-life Crocodile Dundee have been sold for more than £650,000 at an auction in the Capital.

Richard “Dick” Cuninghame was a leading big game hunter and explorer in British East Africa in the early 20th century.

As a guide to the rich and famous he organised the successful year-long big game safari in 1909 for Theodore Roosevelt after the end of his second term as US president.

He lived at Hensol, near Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, until his death in 1925, aged 53, with the contents of the recently sold £4 million mansion going under the hammer at Bonhams in Queen Street.

Miranda Grant, managing director of Bonhams, said: “Hensol was a treasure trove. It was an honour to have been entrusted with this sale.”