The specimen, which is particularly unusual because it is virtually complete, including tusks, is expected to fetch between 150,000 to 250,000 pounds when it is auctioned on November 26, an international daily reported on Tuesday.

The skeleton stands 3.5 metres tall and is 5.5 metres long, suggesting it may have been a male that weighed up to six tonnes.

The woolly mammoth walked the earth during the Ice Age, before dying out about 10,000 years ago.

Summers Place Auctions, selling the mammoth at its second Evolution sale which takes place on November 26, believes it may be the first time a woolly mammoth skeleton has been auctioned in Britain.

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