The recently discovered finial from the octagonal golden throne of Tipu Sultan will go under the hammer at Bonhams in London on April 2 as part of the Islamic and Indian Art sale.
This is believed to be one of the most important Tipu items ever to appear for sale. The remarkable gem-set object is one of three surviving tiger head finials that adorned Tipu's elaborate throne.
It measures seven cm, is gem-encrusted and cast in gold. It is estimated that the sale should be able to fetch nearly 6 crore rupees.
Earlier, Indian businessman Vijay Mallya had bought Tipu Sultan's sword at an auction in London. These items were taken away from Mysore after the British defeated Tipu"s army and carried away his treasures in 1799.
It is believed that the items remained in the custody of the family of a prominent politician, Thomas Wallace for at least a hundred years.
Five years ago, the sword of Tipu Sultan was bought by Indian liqour baron Vijay Mallya when it was auctioned.