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    A sword that belonged to Tipu Sultan, an 18th century ruler of Mysuru, was sold for $17.4 million at an auction in London. The auction was organised by Bonhams and the price was seven times higher than what was expected. The sword was the most important weapon with a personal connection to the ruler. Tipu Sultan gained fame for his victories in wars against the Marathas. He was nicknamed “Tiger of Mysore” for his fierce defense of his kingdom.

    Oliver White, Bonhams Head of Islamic and Indian Art and auctioneer, said that the sword was unique and desirable due to its personal association with Tipu Sultan and impeccable provenance. The sword was discovered in the private quarters of his palace. The auction had three bidders — two on the phone and one in the room — who competed fiercely for the sword.

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    Tipu Sultan was known for pioneering the use of rocket artillery in wars and transforming Mysore into the most dynamic economy in India, according to Bonhams. After his death, the sword was presented to British Major General David Baird as a token of his courage.

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