Scrap of dwindle from Nelson’s HMS Victory sells for $408000

January 17, 2018 - photo frame

Sotheby’s auction residence says a bit of a red, white and blue “Victory Jack” dwindle that flew from Adm. Horatio Nelson’s flagship during a Battle of Trafalgar has sole for 297,000 pounds (around $408,000).

The fragment, that measures several feet (about a meter) on any side, had been approaching to fetch between 80,000 pounds and 100,000 pounds.

The British naval favourite was fatally shot aboard HMS Victory as he led a British swift opposite France and Spain in a 1805 battle. Sailors during Nelson’s wake reportedly tore bits from a dwindle to keep as mementoes.

The bit was partial of an auction Wednesday that also enclosed Nelson’s grog chest and decanters, along with several adore letters to his mistress, Lady Emma Hamilton.

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