Auctions in South Africa for the remains of Cecil the Lion, a trophy of the African savannahs heritage, set to sell for a record-breaking $1.6m

A South African auction house is set to put a record bid on a trophy for the African forest that has been extinct for more than a century.

The Cecil the Lions trophy, the second-largest trophy in the world, will go on sale for the first time at the Al-Shabab auction house in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Tuesday.

The African lion was hunted to extinction in South Asia and circumnavigated the globe with its namesake, a mythical African savanna lion.

It was the last known individual to be killed by lions, according to the African Wildlife Foundation.

It has been estimated that between 50 and 100 lions have been killed for their meat and skin in South America and Africa since the early 20th century.

It is the most-wanted trophy in Africa, and is among the largest in the international market, worth a reported $2.5m to $3m (£1.8m to £2.9m).

A South African auction house is set to put a record bid on a trophy for the African forest that…