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Tipu Sultan's sword creates new auction record in UK, fetches over GBP 14 million

As per details, the sword from Tipu Sultan’s reign between 1782 and 1799, is described as a fine gold koftgari hilted steel sword referred to as sukhela, which is an emblem of authority.

The Bedchamber Sword of Tipu Sultan that was sold at Bonhams auction house, in London. (PTI Photo) (PTI)Premium
The Bedchamber Sword of Tipu Sultan that was sold at Bonhams auction house, in London. (PTI Photo) (PTI)

The 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan's fabled sword found in the private bedchamber has broken all auction records for an Indian object for Bonhams in London by fetching over GBP 14 million at its Islamic and Indian Art sale this week.

As per details, the sword from Tipu Sultan’s reign between 1782 and 1799, is described as a fine gold koftgari hilted steel sword referred to as sukhela, which is an emblem of authority.

The sword was found in the private apartments of Tipu Sultan and the Army of the East India Company presented to Major General David Baird asa “token of their high esteem of his courage and conduct in the assault" which resulted in the killing of Tipu Sultan – also known as the Tiger of Mysore.

"This spectacular sword is the greatest of all the weapons linked to Tipu Sultan still in private hands," said Oliver White, Bonhams' Head of Islamic and Indian Art and auctioneer, in a statement ahead of the sale on Tuesday.

“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," he said.

The sword had a guide price between GBP 1,500,000 and 2,000,000 but went on to surpass that estimate to fetch GBP 14,080,900.

“The sword has an extraordinary history, an astonishing provenance and unrivalled craftsmanship. It was no surprise it was so hotly contested between two phone bidders and a bidder in the room. We are delighted with the result," said Nima Sagharchi, Group Head of Islamic and Indian Art.

Historians claim of the many weapons removed from the palace of Tipu Sultan after the fall of his royal stronghold at Seringapatam in May 1799, few have such resonance or such a close connection to Tipu Sultan. Unquestionably part of Tipu's own arsenal, the bedchamber sword is dubbed among the finest and most important of weapons with a proven personal association with the ruler.

"This is one of the most astonishing objects Bonhams has had the privilege of bringing to auction. It is a stupendous price for a stupendous piece. I am so thrilled for our teams that worked so hard to deliver this result," said Bruno Vinciguerra, CEO of Bonhams.

Manufactured by Mughal swordsmiths following the model of German blades introduced to India in the 16th century, the sword itself is of "exceptional" quality, with the blade inscribed “The Sword of the Ruler".

The hilt is inlaid in exquisitely executed gold calligraphy with the qualities of God and invocations calling on God by name.

With agency inputs.

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Published: 25 May 2023, 09:46 PM IST
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