Sunday 9 August 2020
Home      All news      Contact us - 8 days ago

Statue of Crimean War heroine Mary Seacole fetches £101k at auction

A bust of a heroine of the Crimean War who was voted the Greatest Black Briton has sold at auction for 101,000.Mary Seacole, who rivalled Florence Nightingale for her feats in the war, was the daughter of a Scottish soldier and Jamaican mother and born in 1805.She later went to England and when she heard of the plight of the soldiers in the Crimea she volunteered to help but was turned down.Undeterred, Seacole funded her journey and remained in the Crimea until 1856.When she returned to England destitute, commanders in the Crimea raised money for the nurse, who was awarded the British Crimean medal, the Turkish Medjidie and the French Legion of Honour.She died in 1881 and was voted Greatest Black Briton in an online poll in 2004.The 30cm-high terracotta half bust, in which Seacole wears her war medals and a row of pearls, was modelled by the Victorian artist Count Gleichen in 1871.It was sold at Dominic Winter Auctioneers in South Cerney, Gloucestershire, where it had an original estimate of between 700 and 1,000.Chris Albury, from the auction house, said: Needless to say, we are in shock. We had thought it might go over 20,000 due to the intense interest but we are as flabbergasted as the vendor. The news of where it is going next and its eventual home is icing on the cake to a wonderful story. Ecstatic to have won the final bid for the bust of #MarySeacole by Count Gleichen! This grand piece will be featured in our upcoming film on her and then set out for display in London where it Racing Green Pictures (@RacingGreenUK) July 30, 2020The winning bidder is Billy Peterson, of the film company Racing Green Pictures, which plans to make a film of Ms Seacole s life.After filming, it will be given to the Mary Seacole Trust and housed at the Florence Nightingale Museum.(function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i[ GoogleAnalyticsObject ]=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document, script , // , ga ); ga( create , UA-72310761-1 , auto , { name : pacontentapi }); ga( pacontentapi.set , referrer , location.origin); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension1 , By Claire Hayhurst, PA ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension2 , 924a6b81-41a4-4ad3-af19-c074b92d9df3 ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension3 , paservice:news,paservice:news:scotland,paservice:news:uk ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension6 , story ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension7 , composite ); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension8 , null); ga( pacontentapi.set , dimension9 , null); ga( pacontentapi.set , anonymizeIp , true); ga( pacontentapi.send , pageview , { location : location.href, page : (location.pathname + + location.hash), title : Statue of Crimean War heroine Mary Seacole fetches xA3101k at auction });

Latest News














Most Popular (6 hours)

Most Popular (24 hours)

Most Popular (a week)