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Pictured: HMS Victory.<br />
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An exquisite model ship of HMS Victory which was painstakingly carved out of bone by a French PoW captured during the Napoleonic Wars has sold for £63,000.<br />
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The craftsman prisoner could have been forgiven for not wanting to put his time and effort into constructing an elaborate replica of the first-rate ship of the line of Admiral Lord Nelson, France's great foe.<br />
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But he clearly did not hold a grudge, or perhaps even admired the British naval hero, as he used what he could get hold of, including beef bones, to conjure up the vessel.<br />
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The ships were sold at market to make the money they needed for food - with this 27ins by 34ins by 10ins model bought by a Joseph Mann from a PoW at Portchester Castle in Hants.<br />
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It remained in the family for over 200 years before sparking a bidding war at London-based auctioneers Bonhams.