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Shah Jahan's dagger for auction in London

New Delhi, Wed, 09 Apr 2008 NI Wire

India has been passionate destination for many tourists and invaders for its rich culture and heritage, the same have been marked when the rich valuable goes for sale.


Recently, the Sotheby Auction House cancelled the auction of armour that was alleged to belong to the last Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh.

But here is yet another sale that remind of India’s rich history which is up on sale on April 10; a dagger used by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.

Bonham's, the London-based fine art auctioneers and valuers, will auction the dagger from the Jacques Desenfans collection. Jacques spent 50 years collecting arms, armour, pottery and arts which were a clear indication of his craze in Islamic, Indian and South East Asian history and culture.

Shah Jahan who is also known as the greatest and richest master of gemstones had this gold encrusted dagger during 1629-30 and is expected to attract bids of around £300,000 – 500,000.

According to Banham’s Shah Jahan’s official titles, date and place of birth has been inscribed in Nastaliq script on the blade of the dagger.

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals.

Last year, a marble bust of Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last Sikh king, was sold for £1.7 million (Rs 13.36 crore) to an anonymous buyer at an auction at Bonham's. Earlier, business tycoon- Vijay Mallya too has purchased the sword of Tipu Sultan at a London auction.

According to officials from Bonham’s, Jacques acquired the dagger from an Armenian who was on a shopping in London with the dagger hanging on him. Well versed in various languages he could read the inscription written on the dagger and bought it.

According to the website of Bonham’s India in Photographs: the Collection of Kanwardip Gujral and India and Beyond in Books and Photography are on sale on April 09.


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