Zulu war medal sold for $163,000 at Dix Noonan Webb

Dix Noonan Webb sold a Zulu war medal for £133,000 ($163,224) earlier today, more than tripling its £40,000 ($49,096) estimate.

Zulu war medal

The South Africa medal is also known as the Zulu war medal 

It was awarded to Charles Robson, a key figure in the Battle of Rorke’s Drift (immortalised in 1964 movie Zulu).

He was assistant to commanding officer Major Chard during the action, which saw 150 British soldiers hold off 4,000 Zulu warriors from overrunning a mission station.

Later he and Chard would embark on a triumphant tour of the UK, culminating in an audience with Queen Victoria.

Robson’s link to this famous battle drove up the value of the medal.

By comparison, another medal awarded to a soldier who was not present at Rorke’s Drift realised £15,000 ($18,411) in 2012.

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