Tipu Sultan's sword auctioned for Rs. 140 crore, sets record
In a historic event held at the renowned Bonhams auction house in London, the bedchamber sword of Tipu Sultan, the former ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore, was auctioned for a staggering £14 million (Rs. 143 crore). This extraordinary sale not only broke records for Indian treasures but also for historical artifacts from the region. Read on to know more about it.
British troops claimed Tipu Sultan's sword following his defeat
Tipu Sultan, a renowned warrior of the late 18th century, earned fame through his battles against the Marathas from 1175 to 1779. Among his prized possessions was a remarkable sword, showcasing impeccable craftsmanship and fascinating history. However, following his defeat, British troops claimed his sword and other weapons from his palace in Seringapatam on May 4, 1799.
Fierce battle unfolded over the auction of this historical sword
The historical artifact became the center of a thrilling competition at the auction. Two bidders over the phone and one present in the auction room fiercely contested it. The outcome brought great joy to Nima Sagharchi, the Group Head of Islamic and Indian Art at Bonhams, who expressed his delight with the result. "We are delighted with the result," stated Sagharchi in a statement.
'The sword has an extraordinary history': Sangharchi
"The sword has an extraordinary history, an astonishing provenance, and unrivaled craftsmanship. It was hotly contested between two phone bidders and a bidder in the room. We are delighted with the result," said Nima Sagharchi, Group Head, Islamic and Indian Art at Bonhams.
This sword is "spectacular" and "greatest of all"
Olver While, Bonhams Head of Islamic and Indian Art, described the sword as a "spectacular" and "greatest of all" the weapons linked to Tipu Sultan still in private hands. "Its close personal association with the Sultan, its impeccable provenance traceable to the very day it was captured, and the outstanding craftsmanship that went into its manufacture make it unique and highly desirable," While added.
Tipu Sultan was famously known as the 'Tiger of Mysore'
Tipu Sultan earned the nickname "Tiger of Mysore" for the ferocity with which he defended his kingdom. He pioneered in utilizing rocket artillery during wars, as stated by Bonhams on their website. Through his efforts, Mysore flourished and became India's most vibrant economy. Tipu Sultan's bravery and innovative military tactics left a lasting mark on history, earning him the admiration and respect of many.