Battle of Bosworth flag to see $8,000 with Hansons Auctioneers

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2015-06-26 13:26:26

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Battle of Bosworth flag to see $8,000 with Hansons Auctioneers

The flag was carried by Henry Tudor's standard bearer at the Battle of Bosworth

A fragment of flag that was carried into the Battle of Bosworth at the head of Henry Tudor's troops will be sold through Hansons Auctioneers on September 28.

Battle of bosworth field flag standard fragmentThe battle saw Henry Tudor take the throne from Richard III ending the War of the Roses that had raged for much of the 15th century

The flag wascarried into battle by Sir Robert Harcourt, Henry Tudor's standard bearer, andwill sell with a 3,000-5,000 ($4,800-8,000) estimate.

Itwas hung above Harcourt's tomb after he was killed in the 1485 battle that saw Henry Tudor defeat Richard III to become king of England. Mounted in 1847, it has been passed down through the generations of the same family to the present vendor.

The sale comes at an opportune time, with attention attracted to the Battle of Bosworth following the discovery of Richard III's grave in a Leicester car park.

At Christie's in 2012, a Richard III signed document, the first to appear at auction for more than 40 years, sold with a 628% increase on estimate for $168,900.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has a selection of historical manuscripts for sale, including examples from Henry VII and Henry VIII.

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