Today, 24th July 2014,
Spink London held an auction of historically important Orders,
Decorations, Campaign Medals and Militaria.
The auction, comprised of 472 lots,
generated significant interest in a number of important medals and
medal groups which resulted in remarkable realised prices.
At the forefront of the successful
auction were the decorations and medals awarded to the R.A.F.'s
finest wartime low-level navigator, Air Commodore E. B. 'Daisy'
Amongst the many awards Sismore
received was the 'Immediate' Distinguished Flying Cross for
undertaking the R.A.F.'s first daylight bombing raid on Berlin: an
1100 mile round trip timed perfectly to coincide with and disrupt a
radio broadcast given by Goering, celebrating 10 years of Hitler's
Other awards followed for his
leading roles in some of the most daring raids of WWII, including
the 'Mosquito Daylight Spectaculars' on the Gestapo Headquarters in
Aarhaus, Copenhagen and Odense.
The group of medals exceeded its
estimate to realise an impressive £72,000.
Price Realised £72,000
Equally competed for was the
Outstanding 'Tumbledown Rescue' M.I.D. Pair to Scout Helicopter Air
Gunner, Lance Corporal J. Rigg of the Army Air Corps (Lot
Rigg, serving as a helicopter
crewman during the Falklands War, was commended for his bravery
under fire, exemplary devotion to duty and his unselfish concern
for his colleagues whilst evacuating the seriously wounded from
The pair achieved £22,800, a figure
over three times its pre-sale estimate.
Price Realised £22,800
Medal Specialist, Mark Quayle, commented;
"I am delighted to see today's prices are reflective of the
quality and variety of the medals included in the sale."
Spink is the world's leading auctioneer of stamps, coins,
banknotes, medals, bonds & shares, autographs, books and
wine. Since its foundation in 1666, the Spink name has become
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