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First Victoria Cross awarded to a private auctioned for £276,000

19 July 2012 Last updated at 15:53 BST

The first Victoria Cross to be awarded to a private in WWI was auctioned on Thursday.

It was awarded to Sidney Godley for holding off a German attack single-handedly for two hours, despite being badly wounded.

The hammer price bid by the anonymous private collector was £230,000, but after other charges, the total amount paid will be £276,000.

Caroline Wyatt reports.