A sword owned by Tipu Sultan, the 18th-century ruler of Mysuru, was auctioned for 14 million pounds (Rs 140 crore) in London. Auction house Bonhams organized the sale. It was the bedchamber sword of Tipu Sultan.
“This spectacular sword is the 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,” said Oliver White, Bonhams Head of Islamic and Indian Art and auctioneer.
The sword was found in the private quarters of Tipu Sultan’s palace. After Tipu Sultan was killed, his sword was presented to British Major General David Baird, said the auction house.
Tipu Sultan was popularly known as the “Tiger of Mysore” for his bravery and ferocity with which he defended his kingdom.