Mechanical shears given to famous western Queensland shearer Jackie Howe more than 100 years ago will be sold at auction in Melbourne tonight.

Howe was known as gun shearer and still holds the record for hand shearing 321 fleeces in one day in 1892 on a station near Blackall, south-east of Longreach.

It earned him a gold medal, which was sold at auction with another of his medals for more than $300,000 five years ago.

The shears were given to Mr Howe by the Wolseley company after he sheared 236 sheep with a machine on Barcaldine Downs station.

Ian Auldist from the Australian Shearers' Hall of Fame says his achievements are renowned.

"Jackie Howe was an athlete who had the records - obviously with his tallies he's up there," he said.

"The Hall of Fame has made it clear if the owners of the Wolseley hand piece wish to display them in the Hall, we would be very happy to do that.

"We would institute appropriate display areas and security and we would be certainly honoured to do that."

The shears are expected to fetch between $15,000 and $25,000 and will be sold at Sotheby's tonight.

 

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