Tipu Sultan's fabled bedchamber sword has sold for a world record £14million

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Pictured: The decorative handle.<br />
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Tipu Sultan's fabled bedchamber sword has sold for a world record £14million.<br />
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It was recovered from the private quarters of the feared ruler of Mysore, south India, who was slain in battle by the British in 1799.<br />
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The 18th century steel-bladed weapon was given by the Army to Major General David Baird for his 'courage' during the assault.<br />
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The 41ins gold calligraphy sword, made by Mughal swordsmiths, sparked a bidding war 224 years on at auctioneers Bonhams, of London, fetching seven times its £2million estimate.