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Safari-themed auction in Columbus

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By: Hannah Paczkowski
hpaczkowski@klkntv.com

Family and friends said they remember Chuck Sand as a story teller, especially when it came to hunting. He had a tale for each one of his animals.

"The first time he shot two lions and they looked like twins and I said 'well why did you shoot them both?' and he said, 'Well, the other was charging," his wife Carol Sand said.

Sunday, hundreds of people stood in awe of Chuck's collection, nearly a year and a half after his death.

"I hope they all are enjoying them, I am, but still there's a sad part to it," Chuck's mother Angela Sand said.

The exotic stuffed animals went up for auction. One giraffe head went for more than 62-hundred dollars.

"It'll be cheaper than if you went and shot it yourself. You can't put a price tag on it, I think some people are going to want something just because it's Chuck Sand's," auctioneer Rick Grubaugh said.

Amidst the chaos of the auction, Carol said this is a bittersweet goodbye to her husband's legacy.

"It's time for somebody else to enjoy them now," she said.

 Neither Grubaugh or Chuck's family had an idea of how much money the animals would bring in, but Carol said she plans to donate some money to charity and take a trip with her family in honor of her husband.

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