A VC awarded for “one of the most daring feats ever attempted” fetches a huge sum and a stirring Albert Medal sells well


The first of only five Victoria Crosses awarded to a civilian has sold at a Noonans auction

The famous ‘Siege of Lucknow’ VC awarded to Thomas Kavanagh for his part in perhaps the best known action of the Indian Mutiny, has fetched a hammer price of £750,000, surpassing the upper estimate of £400,000. With the buyer’s premium added, the medal sold at a world record price of £930,000.

At the time of the sale, Kavanagh’s was one of only two civilian VCs to not be part of a museum collection.

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