Vijay Mallya: The sword of Tipu Sultan, who ruled the princely state of Mysore in South India in the 18th century, has been auctioned in London. The surprising thing is that the price that was fixed for its auction. The buyer bought it by paying 7 times more than that. Tipu Sultan’s sword was sold for $ 17.4 million, about 145 crores. Fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya has a special relationship with this sword.
Mallya bought in 2004
Let me tell you that there was a time when Vijay Mallya was fond of collecting things of historical importance. A history researcher has confirmed that fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya bought this sword in a 2004 auction for 1.5 crores. Now the same sword has been sold for 145 crores. Mallya admitted during a court hearing that this sword of Tipu brought badluck to his family. So he contacted UK auction house Bonhams to trace the sword’s previous owners. At the moment whoever has bought this sword. Refused to reveal his name.
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History of Tipu’s Sword
Let us tell you that on May 4, 1799, Major General Baird of the British Army attacked Sri Rangapatnam, in which Tipu Sultan was killed. After which the British took over Srirangapatna. After which this sword was found in the search of Tipu’s bed chamber. The British looted it and took it to England. There is gold writing on this one meter long sword. It was gifted to Baird as the winning trophy. It is written on this sword ‘Shamshir e Malik’ means the sword of the king.
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