A BOSS got a pleasant surprise when he discovered he had a super-rare 6,000-year-old horn in his office.
He was about to flog the 27in protuberance when an expert told him it belonged to the aurochs — a long-extinct cattle ancestor.
It had been unearthed in the 1980s in Derby and given to a manager in the concrete industry.
He hung it for several years on his office wall, thinking it was a mammoth tusk.
But when he put it on eBay ten years ago, bids of thousands of pounds poured in within minutes.
A US professor contacted him to say it was from an aurochs, which died out in the 17th century.
Its owner, now 71 and retired, said: “I checked and took it off eBay straight away.”
The owner, who does not want to be named, said: “Local workmen were finding all sorts of ancient animal relics including teeth from saber-toothed tigers.
"For years I thought it was a mammoth tusk.
“When my kids were young, they took it to school.”
He has decided to sell it after it rolled out of his van and hit him on the leg.
“I thought it must be divine intervention,” he said.
‘EVIL AS EPSTEIN’Ghislaine Maxwell ‘raped girl 20 to 30 times beginning when she was 14'
TIGHT VAN MANCouple who scooped £105m on Euromillions splash out on second hand van & car
ROYAL HAIR FORCEBoJo’s plane scrambled to support RAF fighters intercepting Russian jet
24-CARAT SPOILT BRATGhislaine was a spoilt daddy's girl drawn to power…now she's in jail
AIR WE GO!Summer holidays FINALLY get green light as air bridges to 59 locations revealed
R-EVEALEDCoronavirus R rate goes back up in England - and rises ABOVE one in London
Auctioneer Charles Hanson, who is selling it this month, said the horn could be 4,000 to 6,000 years old.
He added: “It’s a remarkable find.
“It’s strange to think these mighty beasts with fearsome horns roamed round what is now Derby city centre.”
GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL [email protected]