Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dambusters Medals Fly High at Charterhouse

The Trevor-Roper family group of medals sold for £148,000 at the Charterhouse auction of collector’s items in Sherborne on Friday 20th March.

“We received instructions to sell the medals directly from the family and this is the first time they have appeared on the open market having spent several decades in a box file!”. Commented Richard Bromell. “Quite simply, the medals awarded to Richard Trevor-Roper are the most outsanding RAF Second World War medals I have ever had the pleasure to handle. Although they were estimated to sell for £60,000, I secretly hoped they would achieve a six figure sum, and am pleased to report the vendor of the medals is delighted with the result we achieved.”

The Trevor-Roper family medals in the Charterhouse auction comprised a WWI pair to Major Charles Cadwaladr Trevor-Roper, who was killed in action at Paschendale in 1917, and to his son, Richard Algernon Dacre Trevor-Roper. Richard Trevor-Roper was awarded both a Distinguished Flying Medal and a Distinguished Flying Cross. The DFC was awarded to him for his part in the iconic Dambusters raid where he was the rear-gunner in Guy Gibson’s lead Lancaster during the attack over the Mohne Dam. Sadly he was killed in action in 1945 during a bombing run over Nuremburg.

In the run up to the Charterhouse auction, there was huge media interest in the medals. On the day, many telephone lines were booked, along with registered internet bidders. However, the bidding quickly rose and it became a two way bidding war between two telephones, with Lord Ashcroft being the under-bidder. The successful bidder, who wishes to remain anonymous, acquired the lot as a tribute to his former school teacher, who was also a Lancaster rear-gunner and DFM winner.

Charterhouse is now accepting entries for their busy programme of auctions including ceramics, pictures, books and prints closely followed by of classic cars and classic motorcycles in April, silver, jewellery and watches in May and their next auction of coins, medals and militaria in June.

For further information regarding these auctions, contact Richard Bromell ASFAV at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne DT9 3BS 01935 812277 or via email

Richard Bromell and the Richard Trevor-Roper Dambusters medals which sold for £148,000 at Charterhouse
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