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Richard III battle standard may sell for £5k
7:37am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
A FRAGMENT of a standard flown during the battle that killed Richard III will be going under the hammer this weekend.
The piece of gold and red cloth, said to be a standard flown by Henry Tudor, the future Henry VII, at the Battle of Bosworth Field will be sold by Hansons Auctioneers in Derbyshire.
The auctioneers estimate it could fetch about £3,000 to £5,000 in the auction, which is to be held on Saturday, September 28.
Auctioneer Charles Hanson said: “I am just delighted such a fundamental accessory to that 1485 battle has been unearthed only months after finding King Richard III in a Leicester car park.
“I hope this fragment find will be purchased by a museum or private collector who may place it on public display.”
The standard is thought to have belonged to Sir Robert Harcourt, standard bearer to Henry Tudor, and three fragments of it hung over Sir Robert’s tomb in Oxfordshire.
The auctioneers said it had “good provenance.”
“As an auctioneer, I thrive on the social relevance such bygone artefacts had on society. If only this fragment could talk I am sure it could tell us so much,” Mr Hanson added.
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