Today in London, 448 lots of British and Foreign Orders,
Decorations, and Medals went under the hammer. The sale received
considerable international interest, and the morning began with a
buzzing room of bidders, as well as countless clients joining us
online and by phone.
The sale featured many items of tremendous historical and
aesthetic appeal, each one of them telling a unique and personal
story of valour, loyalty, and often dramatic military
Generating the most interest in the run-up to the sale was the
unique K.C.H. and Five Clasp Naval General Service Medal Group
awarded to Rear Admiral of the Blue Sir Thomas Ussher. The estimate
was £40,000-50,000 but bidding on this remarkable medal group
climbed rapidly, peaking at an astonishing £138,000 to a round of
applause in the room. This price is a new world record for a Naval
General Service Medal at auction.
Above: Lot 62
Ussher was renowned for his dashing and daring exploits
throughout the Napoleonic Wars, and was rewarded with the honour of
conveying Emperor Napoleon himself to exile on Elba.
Also exceeding its estimate after a build-up of interest was the
Unique 'Korea, Suez, Aden and Oman' Operations D.F.C. and Bar,
A.F.C. and Bar, Air Medal (U.S.A.) Group of Ten awarded to Mustang
and Meteor Jet Fighter Pilot, Squadron Leader C.I. 'Joe' Blyth,
Royal Air Force.
Above: Lot 15
Originally estimated to fetch between £35,000 and £40,000, the
group of ten ultimately sold for £69,600.
Other highlights included the Outstanding Second War 'Immediate'
1941 D.S.O., '1940' D.F.M. Group of Six to Hampden and Manchester
Pilot, Squadron Leader W.S. "Kip" Herring, Royal Air Force, which
sold for £18,000.
Above: Lot 7
Also comfortably surpassing its estimate was the Unique
1946 'Anti-Terrorist' King David Hotel Bomb Attack G.M. Group of
Four to Sergeant E.A. Smith, Palestine Police, selling for
Above Lot 25
Speaking about the word record price achieved for the Naval
General Service Medal, Head of the Spink Medal Department Mark
Quayle said: "this is probably the finest Naval General Service
Medal to be offered at auction to date, and this is reflected in
the outstanding price achieved".
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