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Explorer Mungo Park's trunk fails to sell

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Image caption The trunk belonged to Borders explorer Mungo Park who was attacked and drowned in 1806

A trunk which carried the possessions of the ill-fated Borders explorer Mungo Park has failed to sell at auction.

It was hoped to fetch up to NZ$50,000 (about £26,000) when it went under the hammer in New Zealand on Friday.

Auctioneers Dunbar Sloane said it did not find a buyer but remained "open to offers from interested parties".

Park's chronicles of his first expedition to Africa in 1795 made him a famous figure but he was attacked and drowned during a second expedition.

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