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 Post subject: Trafalgar Flag fragment for sale
PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:11 pm 
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A fragment of a flag flown at Trafalgar is to be auctioned, along with Nelson letters, on 17 January. Nelson memorabilia continue to exercise a fascination on collectors, with prices that reflect their interest.


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/ ... e-sothebys

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 Post subject: Re: Trafalgar Flag fragment for sale
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Have just had a look at the Sotheby's website for further details. The sale is called ' Of Royal & Noble Descent ' and their online catalogue is certainly worth a browse. In addition to the flag fragment, Lot 116 @ £80-£100K and the Nelson letters previously mentioned, there are 90 or so other lots of Nelson & Maritime interest including a Nelson memorial ring @ £8-12K and his grog chest, Lot 137 @ £35-£45K.

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 Post subject: Re: Trafalgar Flag fragment for sale
PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:43 pm 
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Sotheby's have published the results of today's sale on their website.

The fragment of the 'The Victory Jack' Lot 116 sold for £297,000 (hammer price + buyers premium). The grog chest Lot 137 also exceeded the guide price and sold for £68,750.

Obviously the buyers identities are not normally revealed but no doubt we will hear if the NMM has managed to purchase any of the sale items.

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Many thanks for the update, Phil - a truly stupendous price for the flag remnant.

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 Post subject: Re: Trafalgar Flag fragment for sale
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Has anyone heard any more about the buyer of the flag remnant ? This usually a confidential matter, of course, but if it had been bought by a public body such as the NMM I am sure an announcement would have been made. I do hope it hasn't gone to a private buyer abroad.

There is another scrap of this flag in the Nelson Museum in Monmouth, if I recall correctly. It is a rather run-down place now, starved of funds, but they have numerous treasures there, including Nelson's prayer book, the blood-stained epaulette of Nelson's coat that was placed under a wounded midshipman's head, and many letters by Nelson and Fanny. An insurance nightmare!

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