Crocodile head shot by Prince Philip in 1957 being sold for £5,100 at auction

A crocodile head shot by Prince Philip gifted to a family 60 years ago is being auctioned off for £5,100.

Susanna Clark inherited the well-preserved reptile from her famous grandfather Sir Percy Wyn-Harris in New Zealand.

The Duke of Edinburgh gave it to him in 1957 and Ms Clark has used the stuffed artefact as a table centre piece for dinner parties in her home in Napier.

The mum-of-three said she couldn't decide which of her children to give it to so put it up for auction for NZ$10,000 following the funeral of the Queen's husband of 73 years at Windsor Castle on Saturday.

Ms Clark told New Zealand newsite Stuff: "The decision to sell it now was prompted by what was going on in the media in the last week.

“And I have three children – so which child was I going to choose to give the famous crocodile head to? It was a very difficult choice."

Sir Percy was an English yachtsman and mountaineer who climbed Everest who served as the Governor of Gambia for the Colonial Service in Africa.

During Prince Phillip's first royal visit to the African nation in 1957 the pair quickly built a rapport and on one occasion rode a small boat up the Gambia River, where they shot a few crocodiles.

The royal later gifted one of the beast's heads to his politician friend as memorabilia of their trip, inscribing "shot by his Royal Highness Prince Philip" under its jaw.

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Ms Clark said she okayed the decision to sell the head on TradeMe with her siblings.

Her brother Steve Wyn-Harris said the Prince and Sir Percy quickly became friends and his grandfather later helped set up the Duke of Edinburgh Award around the world.

'I think he was quite taken with my grandfather, [who] had been quite an adventurer,' Mr Wyn-Harris, a regular rural news contributor revealed in RNZ earlier this week.

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'He'd climbed to within 900 feet of the top of Everest in 1933, and found George Mallory or [Andrew] Irvine's ice axe up there, and done that sort of thing, and they got on pretty well.'

Ms Clark sought her family's permission before putting it up for sale, where she believes it would most likely be snapped up by a royal devotee.

The decision came after her brother, Mr Wyn-Harris, revealed the extraordinary tale about the crocodile and their grandfather's friendship with the Prince on RNZ last Thursday, sparking a flurry of interest in the curio among local media outlets.

'I've got eight watchers. I can't believe how many hits I've had. So there has been a bit of interest,' she said.

However, the mother-of-three is not 'fussed' as to whether or not it is bought and will hold onto the prized heirloom if it does not meet the reserve price.

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