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Earlier this year, we reported on the auction at James D. Julia, Inc., of Nash Buckingham’s Super Fox shotgun, “Bo-Whoop.”

In October, Julia will auction off an even more famous Fox: the F-Grade A.H. Fox 12 gauge Theodore Roosevelt took with him on his epic year-long African safari in 1909. In his account of the trip, “African Game Trails” Roosevelt wrote: “I have a Fox number 12 Shotgun; no better gun was ever made.” Fox used that quote in ads to sell guns for years and years.

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Wes Dillon of Juia’s assures me there’s no question this is Roosevelt’s Fox. The gun stayed in his family until 1974 when they sold it to a Fox collector named Tom Kidd, who transferred the gun to the current owner – who prefers to remain unnamed — in 2000. It will be auctioned on October 4-5 of this year.

Not only does the winning bidder get the most famous Fox shotgun ever made, it comes with extras: an outboard motor T.R. used in South America; the cleaning rod for his Holland and Holland double, assorted other tools and the whole thing is wrapped up in a pair of Roosevelt’s pajamas.

Roosevelt’s H&H double rifle previously sold for $550,000 and many think this shotgun will easily bring more.

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