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Tipu Sultan's weapons auctioned for six million pounds | Siasat
Wednesday, 22 April 2015


Mumbai, April 22:
A historic collection of arms and armour of Tipu Sultan, the last king of Mysore, fetched over six million pounds (about Rs.567 million) at an Islamic and Indian art auction in London, an official said here on Wednesday.

The 30 items, which went under the hammer at Bonhams on Tuesday, came from a single collection. The identity of the buyers, from around the world, has been kept confidential.

Tipu Sultan's personal motif was the tiger. Images of the animal, the tiger-stripe design adorned his both objects of art and instruments of war.

The top lot in the auction was a rare gem-set sword with the tiger's head pommel from Tipu Sultan's royal regalia, estimated at around 60,000-80,000 pounds, but was sold for a staggering 2,154,500 pounds.

A three-pounder cannon, with field carriage, was sold for 1,426,500 pounds against an estimated value of between 40,000-60,000 pounds.

A magnificent two-shot flintlock sporting gun from Tipu Sultan's personal armoury was sold for 722,500 pounds, more than seven times its estimated value.

The other items in the collection included sabres, gem-set trophy swords, embroidered arrow quivers, exquisite quilted helmets, blunderbusses, fowling pieces, sporting guns, pistols and a three-pounder bronze cannon, each a work of art in its own right, said Claire Penhallurick, a spokesperson for Bonhams auction house.

Renowned as the Tiger of Mysore, Tipu Sultan's famous personal sword was bought in April 2004, by Indian liquor baron Vijay Mallya in an auction in London and brought back to India.

It was lost in 1789 during the battle of Nedumkotta, Travancore, and later wound its way to Britain, where it was displayed by the Wallace Collection till Mallya successfully bid for it.

In 2013, another sword owned by Tipu Sultan, decorated with the tiger stripe motif, surfaced and was auctioned by Sotheby's to telephonic bidder for 98,500 pounds.

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wow... i hope at least one of the buyers is from india.

tipu sultan... perhaps the greatest and most ambitious of the historic rulers of south asia.
 
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Tipu was a bigot and did untold atrocities on non-Muslims. He and his father usurped power from true rulers of the mysore kingdom for their own selfish hunger for power. He wass just another another tyrannical and despotic ruler who happened to fight against the growing power of the British for more power. He also fought against other competing local powers like Marathas and Nizams of Hyserabad.
 

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Tipu was a bigot and did untold atrocities on non-Muslims. He and his father usurped power from true rulers of the mysore kingdom for their own selfish hunger for power. He wass just another another tyrannical and despotic ruler who happened to fight against the growing power of the British for more power. He also fought against other competing local powers like Marathas and Nizams of Hyserabad.
you are being the bigot here... in time, tipu would have sent the britishers packing out of south asia.

and we all know how those "true rulers of mysore", the wodeyars, were such great opposition of the britishers. :lol:
 

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you are being the bigot here... in time, tipu would have sent the britishers packing out of south asia.

and we all know how those "true rulers of mysore", the wodeyars, were such great opposition of the britishers. :lol:
Not that it's going to matter to you but :
Captivity of Nairs at Seringapatam - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Captivity of Mangalorean Catholics at Seringapatam - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Captivity of Kodavas at Seringapatam - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

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right... the nairs and the kodavas then join the britishers in 1799 to kill the one leader who could have rid them of british rule... lovely.
They viewed the British as the lesser devil to Tipu. Plus after what Tipu had done to them, you'd have to be an idiot not to side against him.
 

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umm...

1. not accept tipu as leader but choose to live under the british boot.
2. accept tipu as leader and involve the french in together taking india to progress.

right...
Tipu forcibly converted thousands of people, enslaved and decapitated those who refused. Who the heck would choose option (2) under such circumstances?
 

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right... the nairs and the kodavas then join the britishers in 1799 to kill the one leader who could have rid them of british rule... lovely.
In 1780s the British were only one of the many power's trying to enlarge their dominance in India. Tipu also sought the help from French under Nepoleon.
 

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A bit high amount considering the weapons belonged to an usurper and a looser who never won against any major regional power be it Nizam and humiliated by Marathas.

Arthur Wellesley did a commendable job to liberate the people of Mysore from his tyrannical rule.

killed by Bengal Army majority of its recruits were from UP,Bihar and Haryana
 
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umm...

1. not accept tipu as leader but choose to live under the british boot.
2. accept tipu as leader and involve the french in together taking india to progress.

right...
Idiotic logic really. By your logic.....Why don't you guys support BJP? They are not even 0.00001% like Tipu in forcibly conversion, looting , pillaging etc....... Hypocrisy much?
 

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In 1780s the British were only one of the many power's trying to enlarge their powerbase in India. Tipu also sought the help from French under Nepoleon.
indeed.

enslaved and decapitated those who refused.
surely, fiction, mostly.

Tipu forcibly converted thousands of people
what was the problem in converting??

deciding between a caste-based misogynist capitalist theocratic system over a transcontinental socialistic system is easy choosing, yes?? unless one is being bigoted and refusing to see reason.

okay, a king is not a democratic institution at all but that would have changed over time, with napoleon helping bringing a anti-monarchy to india via tipu.
 

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indeed.



surely, fiction, mostly.



what was the problem in converting??

deciding between a caste-based misogynist capitalist theocratic system over a transcontinental socialistic system is easy choosing, yes?? unless one is being bigoted and refusing to see reason.


okay, a king is not a democratic institution at all but that would have changed over time, with napoleon helping bringing a anti-monarchy to india via tipu.

Then what is problem in gharwapasi? What RSS does? Atleast they are not killing Muslims like Tipu did to Nairs and Syrian Christians.
 

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indeed.

surely, fiction, mostly.

what was the problem in converting??

deciding between a caste-based misogynist capitalist theocratic system over a transcontinental socialistic system is easy choosing, yes?? unless one is being bigoted and refusing to see reason.

okay, a king is not a democratic institution at all but that would have changed over time, with napoleon helping bringing a anti-monarchy to india via tipu.
I have wasted 10 minutes of my life. Sorry for bothering. :suicide:
 

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