Thursday, 22 October 2009

Update on Trafalgar Flag

For those who have not seen it in the press, the last surviving Union flag flown at the Battle of Trafalgar (see my post of 8th October) was sold at auction yesterday for the staggering price of £384,000, more than 20 times its pre-sale estimate.

The tattered flag, said still to smell of gunpowder, was sold by a descendant of Lt. James Clephan, who was presented with it by his admiring crew after the battle, and was bought by an anonymous telephone bidder.   As the auctioneer, Charles Miller, said,  "This demonstrates that this is a unique and charismatic artefact linked to the greatest naval battle of all time".