FOUND > Waterloo Battle Flag May Fetch $389,000

Bought in an Online Auction for $650

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Gary Lawrence (right) with his son Luke (left), together with the flag.

May 11, 2017
By James Massey, What Sells Best News

ESSEX, UK (VIDEO) – A flag from Napoleon's historic Battle of Waterloo was found inside a box of flags bought online for $650 (£500). Experts believe the value of the flag may exceed $389,000 (£300,000) at auction.

Found by Father and Son

The buyers, Gary Lawrence and his son Luke, run an online military collectibles business. And as-if their story of finding an extremely rare Waterloo flag wasn't amazing enough... their business is actually named, Waterloo Militaria.

They've been dealing in Militaria for over 30 years, supplying collectors, film production companies, and museums worldwide. But, they had never previously found anything as historically significant as this.

The flag, purchased from a U.S. auction house last year for about $650 (£500), was described as flag fragments. When they received it, they knew right away was a lot more than just fragments.

They prepared a room to carefully unravel the flags parts, which took three days. Their carefulness was rewarded when they found it was a Coldstream Guards flag, from a regiment who served at Waterloo, in the most important part of the battle at Hugoument."

Some Tattered Flags Fetch Millions

The Daily Mail reports, the flag's estimated value is based a known surviving flag from the Battle of Trafalgar, which fetched more than $389,000 (£300,000).

Our research indicates some historically significant battle flags, even tattered, can command exceptionally strong prices in the marketplace.

Here's a few examples (note: quoted prices may vary due currency exchange rates at time of the sale, and buyers premiums which may be reflected in prices):

Waterloo Flag Auction Coming Soon...

Currently the flag is being restored by May Berkouwer Textile Conservation a textile conservator who does work for many Museums and Universities. The restoration should be completed at the end of the month and from there it will be scheduled for auction.

We'll keep you updated through our social media channels and free newsletter.

Today's Top 25: Historical Flags on eBay

The following list today's current Top 25 active Flag auctions (in collectibles) sorted by highest-bid on eBay, worldwide. (See - Top 25: Historical Items)


ALL STAR COMICS, no. 22 CGC 6.5 (Fine+) OW-W pages, Fall/44 Classic Flag cover..

High Bid: $383.00
Bids: 15
Time Left:
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13 Star American Flag, Circa 1870-1885, Dancing Hand-Sewn Stars

High Bid: $250.00
Bids: 1
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Mr Fancy Cancel USA 26 ON CSA PATRIOTIC COVER SEVEN STAR FLAG F7-5A CV$1500++

High Bid: $237.50
Bids: 21
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RARE..WWI,,1915..KRIEGSMARINE,, German Flag,IMPERIAL NAVY..ATTIC FRESH!.Original

High Bid: $224.50
Bids: 7
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** POST CIVIL WAR 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN 13 STAR 1890'S FLAG **

High Bid: $205.00
Bids: 23
Time Left:
8h 15m


Old USSR Street FLAG HOLDER CREST 11 Bands Sickle Hammer STAR Iron CAST Banner

High Bid: $189.99
Bids: 1
Time Left:
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VENOM #4 CGC 9.6 SS 2 X SIGNED STAN LEE TODD McFarlane AMERICAN FLAG COVER NM+

High Bid: $152.50
Bids: 25
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High Bid: $150.00
Bids: 1
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CUSTER, RENO, INDIAN WAR'S 38 STAR FLAG, VINTAGE 38 STAR FLAG,

High Bid: $150.00
Bids: 1
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High Bid: $149.98
Bids: 1
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Cannons Flags Drum Army & Navy Patriotic Civil War Token NGC MS62 R8 White Metal

High Bid: $113.50
Bids: 16
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VINTAGE OLD RCA ART DECO ANTIQUE RADIO STUDIO RIBBON MICROPHONE + FLAG & WORKING

High Bid: $102.50
Bids: 6
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Kay Bojesen Danish Modern Wood Toy Soldier Drummer Royal Guard + Flags, Denmark

High Bid: $100.00
Bids: 1
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Genuine VF-302 STALLIONS Official Flag US Navy F-14 TOMCAT Squadron Patch Image

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
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Vintage WWII 1942 Poster ~ Tattered American Flag ~ Remember Dec. 7 Pearl Harbor

High Bid: $91.00
Bids: 12
Time Left:
6d 7h 18m


CHs.A.H.UMBACH&Co.SAVANNAH GEO./ EAGLE on SHIELD,& FLAGS

High Bid: $85.00
Bids: 1
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Vtg 1986 3D Emblems MOTOR CITY HARLEY DAVIDSON SHIRT Sz L Eagle American Flag

High Bid: $61.00
Bids: 3
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Mid-Century British Panel Stitched Vintage Union Jack Flag

High Bid: $60.00
Bids: 14
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Captain Marvel Adventures 26 (1943) - Shazam, Whiz, WWII FLAG COVER HITLER NAZIS

High Bid: $60.00
Bids: 3
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COCA COLA 1984 OLYMPIC 150 FLAG PIN SET SERIES Coke Sign Collection All nations

High Bid: $59.00
Bids: 1
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Original WWII WW2 US Army Air Force Blood Chit Leather Flag CBI Flight Jacket A2

High Bid: $58.00
Bids: 5
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1950s Canadian Guards Pennant Flag

High Bid: $57.22
Bids: 1
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RUBY GLASS AMBROTYPE BABY HIDDEN MOM ENDICOTT CIVIL WAR CANNON FLAG DRUM MAT

High Bid: $56.69
Bids: 2
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70s MOTORCYCLE HELMET USA AMERICAN FLAG METAL FLAKE Sz LARGE Sparkle Vtg Vintage

High Bid: $56.00
Bids: 3
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Imperial Japanese Army Soldier's Messages flag & Thousand-stitch belt,

High Bid: $53.60
Bids: 11
Time Left:
6d 11h 42m