Legendary Sword of Tipu Sultan Sold for a Staggering $17.4 Million in London

The sword was one of several weapons taken from Tipu Sultan’s palace

The legendary sword of Tipu Sultan has been sold for a staggering $17.4 million at the Bonhams Islamic and Indian Art sale in London.

Dubbed ‘The Sword of the Ruler,’ the blade captivated bidders with its exquisite craftsmanship. Mughal swordsmiths intricately crafted the weapon, drawing inspiration from German blades that had made their way to India during the 16th century.

Adorned with beautifully designed gold lettering, the hilt of the sword represents five characteristics of God and features two invocations to God by name.

The sword’s remarkable craftsmanship, combined with its connection to a prominent historical figure, made it a highly sought-after item among collectors and enthusiasts.

Oliver White, the Head of Islamic and Indian Art at Bonhams and the auctioneer, expressed the sword’s exceptional significance. He emphasized that it is the most remarkable weapon associated with Tipu Sultan that remains in private hands.

The auction’s official website revealed that the sword was one of several weapons taken from Tipu Sultan’s palace following the loss of his royal stronghold at Seringapatam on May 4, 1799. Remarkably, the Bedchamber Sword was discovered in his private chambers after the war.

Tipu Sultan, a courageous and influential ruler, governed the Kingdom of Mysore in South India from 1782 to 1799.

His reputation as the “Tiger of Mysore” arose from his commanding role in numerous wars and his indomitable spirit. Known for his strategic brilliance, he fiercely resisted British colonial expansion in United India.