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The legendary sword of Tipu Sultan was sold at auction for a record amount

28 May 2023, 12:00, parser
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The sword of the Indian ruler Tipu Sultan, who ruled in the XVIII century, was sold at Bonhams auction in London for a record $ 17.4 million. It was rumored that his blade could easily cut through any armor of warriors.

Experts estimated the relic at $2.5 million. However, three people fought for it at once, as a result of which the price soared, the auction house noted. The name of the winning bidder is not disclosed.

The weapon is a real work of art: its handle is decorated with gold calligraphy, and on the steel blade it is written in Persian: "The Ruler's Sword". It was made by a Mongolian master on the model of German blades.

Photo: Bonhams

Tipu Sultan ruled the kingdom of Mysore in southern India from 1782 to 1799. For his bravery, he was called the "Mysore Tiger". He died on May 4, 1799 — during the British assault on the capital Seringapatam (now Srirangapatnam).

Shortly after the murder, his sword was presented to the British Major General David Baird, who led this military campaign.

The Indian ruler never used this weapon for its intended purpose. After the capture of the capital, he was found in the private chambers of the palace. And all the Sultan's battle blades were lost during the assault.

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