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One of the world’s most famous fish is set to sell for up to £40,000, 72 years after she was caught, reports The Telegraph.

Clarissa the Carp weighed a record-breaking 44lbs when she was landed by renowned angler and author Richard Walker, on Sept 12, 1952.

The catch is considered the single most important event in carp-fishing history and paved the way for modern-day angling.

Clarissa broke the previous record by nearly 13lbs and she went on to live at ZSL London Zoo Aquarium until 1972.

Her record stood for 28 years until a fish weighing 51½ lbs was caught in 1980 at the same location, Bernithan Pool, near Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.

Now, the original skin mount of Clarissa is set to go under the hammer on July 24 and 25, at Mullock Jones, in Shropshire, with an estimate of £35,000 to £40,000.

The fish is mounted in a glazed, bow-fronted case, with gilt writing and border, set in a naturalistic reed and gravel setting.

Originally mounted by a taxidermist for £80, it was restored in 2011.

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