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    Reportedly, Tipu Sultan’s Bedchamber Sword was auctioned off in London for ₹140 Crore.

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    A sword that belonged to Tipu Sultan, a ruler of Mysuru in the 18th century, was sold for $17.4 million at an auction in London. The sword was considered significant because it had a personal association with Tipu Sultan and was one of the most important items in the collection of the auction house, Bonhams. Tipu Sultan was known as the Tiger of Mysore for his ferocity in defending his kingdom and was a skilled swordsman, rocket maker, and gun enthusiast. The Bedchamber Sword of Tipu Sultan is a gold-koftgari-hilted steel sword that was crafted by Mughal swordsmiths and given to Major General David Baird in recognition of his leadership during the assault on Seringapatam.

    The sword has meticulously crafted gold calligraphy, featuring symbols representing five divine qualities and two invocations to God. The words “the Sword of the Ruler” are inscribed on the blade. The auction house said that the sword had an extraordinary history, an astonishing provenance, and unrivaled craftsmanship. Two phone bidders and one bidder in the room contested for the sword. Bonhams CEO Bruno Vinciguerra said that the result was “stupendous” and that he was thrilled for the teams that worked hard to deliver it.

    Tipu Sultan fought many battles against local rulers, Marathas, and Britishers, but his loss in the Anglo-Mysore war allowed the Britishers to gain control over parts of southwestern India. He is also known for sleeping in a hammock with a sword and two pistols on his side to remain alert against attackers.

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