Suffragette's hunger strike medal lost for 100 years sold at auction
A medal awarded to a suffragette who went on hunger strike while on trial has sold at auction for £12,500.
Elsie Wolff Van Sandau received the medal from the Women's Social & Political Union to honour her strike, which came after she was arrested for allegedly smashing a window in 1912.
It was discovered in a drawer in a house in south-west London after going missing for more than 100 years.
The medal was expected to fetch between £7,000 and £10,000.
It was auctioned at Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire.
Ms Van Sandau, the granddaughter of a private chaplain to the Duchess of Kent, was arrested after being accused of smashing a window on Covent Garden during a demonstration on 4 March 1912.
She had previously been arrested during the Black Friday riots at Westminster in 1910, when about 300 suffragettes met a wall of policemen outside Parliament, and was awarded the medal to recognise "gallant action whereby through endurance to the last extremes of hunger and hardship".