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Rare Russian medal sells for £8,200 at Norfolk auction house

Fakenham auctioneers, James and Sons, held its first auction of the year this week, featuring a Battle of Jutland medal group. The medals were awarded to Chief Gunner A E Seymour and this particular group contained a rare Russian Order of St Anne gold medal. Picture: JAMES AND SONS

Fakenham auctioneers, James and Sons, held its first auction of the year this week, featuring a Battle of Jutland medal group. The medals were awarded to Chief Gunner A E Seymour and this particular group contained a rare Russian Order of St Anne gold medal. Picture: JAMES AND SONS

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A rare Russian medal has sold for more than double its starting price at auction in Norfolk.

Fakenham auctioneers, James and Sons, held its first auction of the year this week, featuring a Battle of Jutland medal group. Picture: JAMES AND SONSFakenham auctioneers, James and Sons, held its first auction of the year this week, featuring a Battle of Jutland medal group. Picture: JAMES AND SONS

Fakenham auctioneers, James and Sons, held its first auction of the year this week, featuring a Battle of Jutland medal group.

The medals were awarded to Chief Gunner A E Seymour and this particular group contained a rare Russian Order of St Anne gold medal.

Fakenham auctioneers, James and Sons, held its first auction of the year this week, featuring a Battle of Jutland medal group. Picture: JAMES AND SONSFakenham auctioneers, James and Sons, held its first auction of the year this week, featuring a Battle of Jutland medal group. Picture: JAMES AND SONS

Only 83 had ever been awarded.

The official starting price for the item - lot 17 - was £3,600 and by the time auctioneer David James had introduced the item, it had already reached £5,000 due to competition between more than 150 online bidders.

The hammer eventually went down at £8,200.

A spokesperson for the auctioneers, based at Norwich Street in the market town, said: “Lot 17 sent the internet wild. The key feature of the medal group was an exceedingly rare Order of St Anne gold medal. The price reached a staggering £8,200.

“While nothing else at the auction came close to matching the sale of lot 17, [others] late in the day all went for much more than expected.”

Also at the auction, a collection of Masonic medals with an estimate of £30 to £50 sold for £200.

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