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.