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Flying the flag for a vibrant market

‘Most valuable Second World War battle flag ever sold’ brings emotional response from buyer

A DEBT of gratitude has been paid in a very personal way by a Dutch bidder who bought what has been dubbed ‘the most valuable Second World War battle flag ever sold’.

The battle-scarred 49-star US flag that led the first American troops to Utah Beach in France on D-Day sold on June 12 at Heritage Auctions (19.5% buyer’s premium) of Dallas for a premium-inclusive $514,000 (about £360,000).

That the price was close to five times the estimate – and close to the sums achieved by Revolutionary Wars standards – is an indication that the best of the militaria market continues to thrive at a moment when poignant anniversaries abound.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.
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