Renowned Gold Coast Resident Contemplates Selling Rare 1960s Elephant Tusk Gold Coast, Australia

Sydney, Australia, 16th Sep 2023, King NewsWireDr. James Ellingford, a prominent figure in our community, has recently sparked interest and excitement as he contemplates parting ways with his treasured possession, a magnificent 7 kg ivory elephant tusk.

This awe-inspiring artifact holds not only sentimental value, but also a remarkable story that dates to a thrilling safari in Africa. During a memorable expedition alongside his late father, Dr. Ellingford and his family were confronted with a life-altering encounter. In an act of self-defence, a courageous ranger was forced to take down a charging bull elephant, resulting in the retrieval of two remarkable elephant tusks. One of these remarkable tusks found its way into the ranger’s possession, while the other became a cherished heirloom for Dr. James Ellingford himself.

Now, with the passing of his beloved father, Dr. Ellingford finds himself faced with a decision that weighs heavily on his heart. The priceless 1960s ivory elephant tusk, a symbol of adventure and family legacy, has caught the attention of collectors and enthusiasts alike. Experts have speculated that this rare artifact could potentially fetch a staggering sum.

Dr. Ellingford’s commented “Its value extends far beyond its monetary worth, as it holds a cherished place in my heart, reminding me of my father’s bravery and our shared experiences that day”.

The potential sale of this treasured artifact (Cities registered) has generated anticipation and intrigue within the community. Collectors, historians, and enthusiasts from around the world are captivated by the opportunity to own this extraordinary piece of history. Dr. Ellingford’s decision, while undoubtedly difficult, showcases his commitment to preserving and sharing the legacy of this remarkable elephant tusk.

Susannah Combe, from Raffan Kelaher & Thomas said “I am excited to be involved with such an artifact.  This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and we look forward to a successful outcome”.About Dr. James Ellingford: Dr. James Ellingford is a well-respected figure within the Gold Coast community, known for his exceptional contributions. His passion for adventure, conservation, and preserving heritage shines through his ownership of the priceless 1960s ivory elephant tusk.

At time of writing this article Cities registered ivory can only be sold within the Australian borders.


Susannah Combe

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