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Violette Szabo's WW2 George Cross sold for £260k

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media captionThe daughter of Violet Szabo received the medals on her behalf after her mother was captured, tortured and executed by the Nazis in 1945

A collection of war medals, including the George Cross, awarded to an Anglo-French World War Two Resistance heroine has sold at auction for £260,000.

Violette Szabo's medals sold within a minute to Lord Ashcroft's collection and will be on public display at London's Imperial War Museum.

Szabo was just one of four women to be awarded the George Cross.

Her daughter Tania Szabo, from Builth Wells, Powys, had decided to sell the medals.

media captionA collection of war medals, including the George Cross, sold at auction for £260,000

Rosemary Rigby, the founder of the Violette Szabo museum in Herefordshire - where Szabo used to go on holiday - had called for the medals to remain in the country.

Speaking after the auction, Ms Szabo said parting with her mother's medals had been "a difficult decision" but an "important one for the nation".

"I think it's an excellent result. They are in a place where hundreds of thousands of people will see them over the years," she added.

"She will continue to inspire people."

Lord Ashcroft said: "I am absolutely thrilled to have acquired such an iconic medal group, awarded to a remarkable woman."

The price when the hammer came down was £260,000 but with buyers' commission added the total paid by Lord Ashcroft was £312,000.

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image captionThe George Cross awarded posthumously to Violette Szabo
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image captionViolette Szabo was executed by the Gestapo in 1945

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