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The E-Sylum: Volume 14, Number 38, September 11, 2011, Article 18

RECORD PRICE FOR AN AUSTRALIAN VICTORIA CROSS MEDAL

The mania for military medals (particularly the Victoria Cross) continues unabated - no recession in that market. This article tells of the recent sale of a rare Austrailian VC for a record 770,000 Australian pounds (about $810,000 US). -Editor

Australian Victoria Cross A WAR hero's family shared 770,327 yesterday after his Victoria Cross was auctioned for the world record sum.

Brave dad-of-four Ted Kenna, who died aged 90, decreed his medal for single-handedly taking out a Japanese machine-gun nest should be sold to provide for his relatives.

They were stunned by a frantic bidding battle in Melbourne, Australia, which saw the gong bought by an anonymous collector. Son Rob said of the fortune: "It was dad's legacy to us."

Only 20 of the medals were awarded to Aussie troops in World War II.

Ted's beat the previous auction record for a VC 491,567. His 12 grandkids and 19 great-grandchildren will also benefit.

He was a private when he stormed the two-man machine-gun post in New Guinea killing both of the enemy. The VC was awarded for his "magnificent courage".

To read the complete article, see: Victoria Cross sells at record 770k in bids war (www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/campaigns/
our_boys/3799227/Victoria-Cross-sells-at-record-770000-in-bids-war.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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