On the 24th April 2014,
Spink London held a diverse auction of over 800 lots of Orders,
Decorations, Campaign Medals and Militaria.
The highlight of the auction was
lot 10, the Battle of Britain decorations and medals awarded to
Spitfire Ace, Air Commodore 'Ras' Berry (CBE, DSO, DFC and
Berry, a noted Battle of Britain
pilot, was accredited with at least 14 victories in air combat and
over 30 claims on enemy aircraft during 1940. Due to his ongoing
service devoted to aerial warfare, he was awarded the OBE in 1946
and CBE in 1965. During the same year as his CBE, Berry was also
selected to take part in Sir Winston Churchill's funeral
Achieving an impressive £144,000,
the lot set a high standard rest of the auction. It was also the
highest earning lot of the day.
Price Realised: £144,000
The auction also featured other
rarities including lot 54, a Great War 1917 Albert Medal in Gold.
This was awarded to Lance-Corporal J. Collins for his gallant
efforts in saving life on land. After his time in the trenches,
Collins later became a professional footballer for Swansea Town
AFC, despite injuries inflicted during service.
Tripling its estimated value, the
item realised £21,600.
Price Realised: £21,600
Auctioneer, Oliver Pepys, commented
"We are delighted at the success of the auction. There were a
number of impressive and well-earned medals that are a testament to
the courage and gallantry of the recipients, and we are pleased
with the interest shown in these lots."
Holding three Medal sales a year,
Spink's reputation in this sector is unparalleled, providing expert
insight, accurate valuations and achieving excellent prices.
ALL PRICES STATED INCLUDE BUYER'S PREMIUM
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