Sword made to commemorate the carrying of Robert the Bruce's heart auctioned for 10K pounds

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Edinburgh, July 30 (ANI): A sword created to commemorate the carrying of Scottish King Robert the Bruce's heart on a crusade has been auctioned for 10,000 pounds.

Commissioned by a nobleman in memory of the final battle waged by Robert the Bruce's most trusted captain, it has passed down generations of the aristocratic Douglas family into the hands of Scots Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home.

According to experts, the historic weapon represents a "fascinating link" in the history of Scotland and England, and exceeded its estimate price at an auction of antique arms.

The silver-hilted broadsword dates from 1705, but features a much older Scottish blade, dated to the time of Bruce.

On its blade, an emblem pays homage to Sir James Douglas, who died while carrying Bruce's heart in 1330.

According to The Scotsman, it depicts a wild man with a heart on his left breast. The emblem features the inscription, For Strength In Stier This Heart I Bier" (for strength in battle this heart I bear). On the reverse it features a crowned Lion Rampant.

The exquisite silver handle is believed to have been added by a London sword maker in 1705 for one of Douglas' descendents and the sword was passed down through the family.

Given an estimate of £7,000 to £10,000, the sword was eventually sold on Wednesday for £10,800 at Bonhams in London. It was bought, after a bidding war, by a private collector from Britain. The new owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, said simply: "It has gone to a Douglas." (ANI)

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