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.

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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 #22 (Fall, 1944, DC) First series, Classic flag cover

High Bid: $325.00
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Rare Spyderco Q 1997 Model SPC35US American USA Flag Blade New Unused Condition

High Bid: $299.99
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High Bid: $203.50
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WWI Imperial German Navy banner flag WWII US military estate vintage old antique

High Bid: $202.50
Bids: 21
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WW1 1918 RFC ROYAL FLYING CORPS RAF LINEN COTTON FLAG

High Bid: $185.98
Bids: 19
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U S Navy Mare Island Large 48 Stars Naval Flag 1925

High Bid: $175.00
Bids: 1
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WW2 Vintage Original Japanese Signed for Good Luck Meatball Flag Mr.Jiro Fujii

High Bid: $169.35
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High Bid: $169.05
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Vintage Golden Gate San Francisco Exhibition 1939 Worlds Fair Flag Banner

High Bid: $128.50
Bids: 4
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High Bid: $125.00
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WWII 48 Star Union Jack US Navy/Naval Ship Flag WW2

High Bid: $105.50
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High Bid: $99.99
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Vintage Original WWII Japanese Rising Sun Battle Flag Hand Sewn World War 2

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Vintage ROYAL DOULTON Union Jack Flag Bulldog 1941 8 Inch Long

High Bid: $99.00
Bids: 1
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WW2 Vintage Original Japanese Signed for Good Luck Meatball Silk Flag Antique

High Bid: $94.00
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EX/R/ORIG KW "UN-USA-KOREA-JAPAN " JACKET FLAG PATCH - EMB BULLION WOOL/NAMED

High Bid: $89.36
Bids: 15
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Alaska License Plate 1953 issue Alaska Flag logo, 44600, hard to find plate

High Bid: $79.99
Bids: 1
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Rare! Harley-Davidson Motorcycles 80th Anniversary Flag Banner 1903 to 1983.

High Bid: $79.00
Bids: 1
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WWII WW2? 48 star flag U.S ENS 11

High Bid: $79.00
Bids: 1
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WW2 Era British Union Jack Flag

High Bid: $76.42
Bids: 1
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ITALIAN WWII FLAG WITH SAVOIA ROYAL FAMILY SHIELD ITALY WW2 BANNER RARE BANDIERA

High Bid: $76.00
Bids: 23
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