Spink London is thrilled to
announce the sale of an important Battle of Britain group in their
upcoming sale of Orders, Decorations, Campaign Medals and
Militaria. The auction, which comprises of over 800 lots, will take
place on 24 April 2014 at its London saleroom.
At the forefront of the sale are
the decorations and medals awarded to Spitfire Ace, Air Commodore
'Ras' Berry (CBE, DSO, DFC and Bar), estimated at £80,000-£120,000.
Berry was accredited with at least 14 victories in air combat and
over 30 claims on enemy aircraft in 1940.
Estimated: £80,000 -
Born in Hull in 1917, Berry, a
noted Battle of Britain pilot, shot down 3 German Messerschmitt
109s in one day. Planes continued to play a prominent role in his
post-war career and his ongoing service saw him receive both the
OBE (1946) and CBE (1965). Recognition of his significant
contribution extended to being chosen as part of a select group to
lead Sir Winston Churchill's funeral procession in 1965.
Alongside this lot are other
rarities, including a gold Great War 1917 Albert Medal in Gold
(Estimate: £5,000-£7,000), awarded to Lance-Corporal J Collins for
gallantry in saving life on land - his actions prevented the death
of two fellow soldiers. Despite nearly having his leg blown off by
a primed grenade and undergoing 14 separate operations to remove
shrapnel, he went on to play professional football for 15 years for
Swansea Town AFC.
Estimated: £5,000 -
Oliver Pepys, Medal Specialist
commented, "There are a number of impressive and well-earned medals
in the auction, that are testament to the courage and gallantry of
the recipients, and we expect significant interest in these
With three medal sales held each
year, scheduled for April, July and November, Spink's reputation in
this sector is unequalled, providing expert insight, accurate
valuations and achieving excellent prices.
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