Duke of Wellington cloak realises 58% increase on estimate

A campaign cloak belonging to the Duke of Wellington realised ?�47,500 ($74,253) at Sotheby's London on July 14.

It beat its estimate of ?�30,000 ($46,895) by 58.3%.

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The Duke of Wellington may have worn the cloak at the Battle of Waterloo

While it has never been conclusively proven, it's believed that this may be the very cloak worn by the Duke at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Sotheby's explains: "This cloak matches both contemporary descriptions of Wellington's garb on campaign and later portraits of him at Waterloo. It is marked with clear signs of use including mud spatters and probably perspiration stains, and is documented from the early 1820s�Ǫ

"The appearance and characteristics of the cloak itself, together with its provenance, leave little doubt that this was a cloak worn by Wellington during the Waterloo campaign, but it remains impossible to be sure whether he wore it on 18 June 1815."

The sale follows on from the recent auction of a bicorne hat worn by Napoleon that sold for ?�386,500 ($595,210) at Christie's London on July 9.

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