A fragment of the Union Jack flag, believed to have been flown from the flagship of Britain’s Lord Horatio Nelson’s ship during the Battle of Trafalgar, sold for £297,000 at a Sotheby’s auction in London on January 17, 2018.
The Battle of Trafalgar took place in 1805 and saw the British defeat a numerically superior French and Spanish fleet. The 86 cm by 92 cm flag fragment, dubbed “The Victory Jack,” had an estimated price between £80,000 and £100,000. It formed a part of the collection of Nelson memorabilia that went up for sale, including weapons, his grog chest, and personal letters. The flag was used as part of the ceremonial funeral of Nelson after he died at the battle. Pieces of the flag were broken up and kept by the loyal sailors as a reminder of their commander.
A portrait of Nelson’s mistress, Emma Hamilton, was also auctioned and sold for £369,000, significantly more than the estimate price of between £150,000 and £200,000, noted Reuters.