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Tipu Sultan's arms collection sold for over 6 million pounds

Tipu Sultan's arms collection sold for over 6 million pounds
New Delhi: A collection of arms and armour once owned by Tipu Sultan, was sold for a total of over 6 million pounds in a London auction by Bonhams.

The 30 items in the 'Bonhams Islamic and Indian Art Sale' held on April 21 come from a single collection.

The top lot was a rare gem-set sword with tiger's head pommel from Tipu Sultan's royal regalia went under the hammer for 2,154,500 pounds. It was estimated at to fetch between 60,000 pounds to 80,000 pounds.

Tipu Sultan, the last king of Mysore adorned both objects of art and instruments of war with images of the tiger and with the tiger-stripe design, earning the nickname of "Tiger of Mysore".

A three-pounder cannon with field carriage sold for 1,426,500 pounds against an estimate of 40,000 pounds to 60,000 pounds and a two shot flintlock sporting gun from Tipu Sultan's personal armoury was sold for 722,500 pounds. It had been estimated at 100,000 pounds to 150,000 pounds.

"Bonhams is absolutely delighted with the outcome of the sale," Claire Penhallurick said in a statement.

"We were fielding bids from all around the world. Clearly connoisseurs recognised that these treasures from Tipu's armoury are astonishing works of art - and they were prepared to do what it took to acquire them" Penhallurick said.

The collection, which was exhibited and published, featured sabres, gem-set trophy swords, embroidered arrow quivers, exquisite quilted helmets, blunderbusses, fowling pieces, sporting guns, pistols, and a three-pounder bronze cannon.

The Islamic and Indian sale as a whole achieved 7.4 million pounds, auctioneers said.

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