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WWI VC and medals sell for record price
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20.08.2019

WWI VC and medals sell for record price

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A British man has bought his great-uncle's Victoria Cross and other WWI medals for the world record price of PS840,000 ($A1.4m).
Baron Lorne Thyssen-Bornemisza paid the eye-watering price for the collection at auction 100 years after the VC was awarded to Vice Admiral Gordon Campbell.
Campbell was captain of the "Q-Ship" Farnborough and successfully destroyed a German submarine U.83 on February 17, 1917.
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His complete group of 11 medals also included the DSO with two bars and France's prestigious Legion d'Honneur Chevalier's badge, and Croix de Guerre, 1914-1918.
The collection set a world auction record for a VC and any group of British medals.
Thyssen-Bornemisza said the medals would be displayed in a British museum "as an example to generations to come".
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"Gordon Campbell was an old-fashioned hero who was recognised for conspicuous gallantry, consummate coolness, and skill in his command of 'Q' Mystery Ships, decoys for German U boats," he said.
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