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The highlight of this sale was a rare gem-set sword with tiger’s head pommel from Tipu royal regalia, estimated to be worth £60,000-80,000. It sold for £2,154,500.
Yet another highlight was a three-pounder cannon with field carriage sold for £1,426,500 against an estimate of £40,000-60,000.
Apart, a unique item was a beautiful two shot flintlock sporting gun from Tipu’s personal armory worth around £100,000-150,000 sold for £722,500.
The amazing collection includede – featured sabers, trophy swords, arrow quivers, helmets, blunderbusses, fowling pieces and sporting guns. It is mentioned that each and every weapon was a work of art in its right.
The happiest man was none other than Claire Penhallurick, Head of the Indian and Islamic Department at ''Bonhams'' who could not contain his joy at the outcome of the sale. Connoisseurs from all around the world recognized the value and workmanship of these rare items from Tipu’s armory, a treasure trove of astonishing works of art. No doubt the auction house was delighted with the sale as they would have made a bundle out of it.
Claire Penhallurick ‘ .... Tipu Sultan’s arms and armor was of the greatest historical significance. For collectors, it was an unrivalled opportunity to acquire objects closely associated with this extraordinary, innovative man who continues to hold enormous fascination across the world.”