World's most expensive Union Jack: Flag that flew at Battle of Trafalgar sells for record-breaking £384,000
The only surviving Union Jack flag from the Battle of Trafalgar, sold at auction today. The huge flag, that is littered with holes from shot damage and still has a whiff of gunpowder, flew from the jackstaff of HMS Spartiate at the historic battle 204 years ago. After the victory over Napoleon's French army, the crew lowered the flag and presented it to Lieutenant James Clephan for his outstanding performance.
Pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee at another Coronation review at Spithead, this time in 1937 (see similar 1911 Von der Tann photo nearby). Scuttled after the Battle of the River Plate in December 1939, she was the first significant German naval loss of WW2.
She went on to become the second oldest ship in the Royal Navy after HMS Victory. When the Royal Navy finally scuttled Implacable by explosive charge on 2 December 1949, she flew both the French and British flags side-by-side as she sank.