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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 8, February 24, 2008, Article 47

BALI BOMBING HERO TO SELL RARE CROSS OF VALOUR MEDAL

[The market in certain medals is so hot right now
that not even living recipients can resist the urge
to sell.  -Editor]

Bali bombing courage will go on sale in Brisbane today
with the auction of a Cross of Valour, Australia's
highest peacetime award.

It was awarded to Tim Britten, who acted heroically
after the Sari Club attack in which 202 people, including
88 Australians, died in 2002.

Constable Britten has put the medal up for sale because
it brings back too many painful memories of the time he
spent pulling a victim out of the wrecked nightclub.

He refuses to comment on the reason for selling the
award that will be auctioned by CJ Medals along with
his West Australian Police Award for Bravery that he
received for disarming a man.

Clive Johnson, whose firm is auctioning the medals, said
he understood Constable Britten wanted to put the Bali
episode behind him by selling them.

Mr Johnson said only five Crosses of Valour had been
awarded since 1975 when the medal replaced the imperial
honour, the George Cross.

This made it rarer than the military Victoria Cross and
therefore it appealed to private rather than institutional
buyers.

"This is the Ferrari of metal crosses," Mr Johnson said.

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[Queensland's Military and Colonial Museum paid $175,000
for the medal. -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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