Medals have always been a big part of Charterhouse auctions. Richard Bromell, Director, was taken (or dragged) around medal & militaria fairs and auctions as a child by his father who had a huge passion for collecting.
Moving forward nearly 50 years, the interest and enthusiasm Richards’s father had has rubbed off onto Richard and he now heads up the medal, militaria, coins and stamp division at Charterhouse. Medals sold by Charterhouse are researched to make certain they bring their full potential.
Although medals can look the same, values can differ hugely depending upon rank, regiment, campaign and citation. A good example of this could be a pair of WWI medals. A pair awarded to a Private who served with The Royal Engineers, could sell for under £100, but a pair which look identical, but awarded to an Australian Gallipoli casualty could sell for over £2,000. We often sell medals straight from the family, and the highest price paid for a medal group at Charterhouse was sold for the son of the recipient.
The medals sold were awarded to Ft Lt Richard Trevor-Roper. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his part in The Dambusters Raid as Guy Gibson’s rear gunner in the lead Lancaster. The medal group sold for an astonishing £148,000 to a collector. If you have a medal or group of medals, contact Richard Bromell at our salerooms 01935 812277 or send him images to firstname.lastname@example.org and Richard will get back to you with a valuation.
All of our auctions use live internet bidding platforms to ensure that every lot, whether it is worth £20 or £500,000, reaches the widest possible market and sells for the best price possible. In the run up to an auction we receive 100’s of emails requesting further information for lots in the sale. Attached to these email replies, we regularly send well over 1,000 digital images, such is the huge interest generated in our auctions.
Richard Bromell with the Ft Lt Trevor-Roper medals sold for £148,000