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Tuesday, 26 November, 2002, 13:26 GMT
Animal attraction for sale
stuffed kitten
A kittens tea party is part of the exhibition
A bizarre collection of stuffed animals could fetch up to 2m when it is sold by a Cornwall museum.

The Museum of Curiosities is home to a menagerie of 10,000 Victorian stuffed animals.

The museum, next to the Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor, gets about 30,000 visitors a year.

But now the inn's owner Kevin Moore has decided to sell.

stuffed frogs
Stuffed frogs are for sale
Mr Moore said: "It was very fashionable to have taxidermy on your mantlepiece in Victorian times, but it is not really in favour now."

Nevertheless, figures of up to 2m for the collection have been discussed.

The museum was opened in 1861 by taxidermist Walter Potter.

Tableaux include a kittens tea party, cricket-playing guinea pigs and swinging frogs.


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