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Aboriginal weapons sold for £10,500 in Martel Maides' auction.

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Catalogued as probably 19th century, they included a 3ft (91cm) long decorated parrying shield and a 2ft 7in (80cm) long hardwood club incised with lightning strikes alongside a large 3ft (91.5cm) long boomerang and a hardwood oar with one end chiselled as a paddler.

With very good aged patina, they attracted sufficient interest to make the £200-300 estimate at the Guernsey auction irrelevant and sold to an Australian collector at £10,500.

The sale took place on June 26 and the buyer’s premium was 17.5%.