Lord Nelson's will sells for $28,000 at Bentley's



2015-06-26 13:20:59

Lord Nelson's will sells for $28,000 at Bentley's

One of only two known copies of Lord Nelson's last will and testament has sold

The last will and testament of Lord Horatio Nelson has sold as part of Bentley's Fine Art Auctioneers' July6 auction in Kent, UK.

Nelson will auction By the time he wrote his will, Nelson had already lost an eye and his right arm during service

The document, which is one of only two known copies from the naval hero, sold for 18,755 ($27,901).It wasexpected to sell for as much as 25,000 ($37,192).

The will was originally purchased by dealer Raj Bishram for13,500 ($20,083),after appearing on the TV series Four Rooms, though Bisram had expected the document to fare better, describing the 25,000 estimate as a "low" price.

And he was certainly warranted to have suchestimations, considering the usual value of Nelson memorabilia - a letter signed by the admiral made 54,500 ($82,885) at auction in June, achieving a 354.1% increase on estimate.

The will is dated prior to the Battle of the Nile (1798), just seven years before Nelson died at the Battle of Trafalgar (1805). Another copy is currently housed in the National Archives collection.

It was sold complete with an amusing sea shanty regaling Nelson's bravery at sea, entitled "A most excellent new song now singing, on board the St Joseph at Spithead by the whole crew".

On the reverse of the shanty, which was sent tothe Duke of Queensberry, is written: "My Dear Lord Duke" from "Your obliged grateful Nelson".

See our amazing selection of Nelson memorabilia for sale, including signed letters and an authentic lock of his hair.

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