A rare group of three distinguished awards given to the German World War One flying ace Adolf Ritter von Tutschek realised an incredible $28,250, last week.
Billed by organisers SoldUSA as "the largest militaria auction to come to market in the last five years," the internet sale ended on January 24.
Featured in the auction was Von Tutschek original named and engraved Pour Le Merit "Blue Max" award in its original case, his cased Iron Cross medal with his name engraved on the reverse, and his engraved, cut-out pilot's badge in a leatherette box.
A German soldier-turned-fighter pilot, Von Tutschek notched up 27 air victories during WW1.
He was shot down and killed in action on March 15, 1918, while piloting a Fokker D-1 tri-plane, aged just 26.
In the end, Von Tutschek's group of medals was the top earner among more than 1,000 lots sold.
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