This Russian military medal demolished an estimate of £10,000-15,000 at a recent sale held at Bonhams Knightsbridge.
The Order of Alexander Nevsky, Civil
Division, First Class set of insignia, comprising sash badge and
breast star, made £40,000 on September 26.
The order was launched during the Second
World War as a purely military honour by the Soviets but is now
given to civil servants for more then 20 years of meritorious
It may also be awarded to prominent foreign
politicians, business people or other public figures who have
helped Russia. An Imperial Order of St Alexander Nevsky was
established by Empress Catherine I in 1725.
An Order of St Alexander Nevsky, civil
division, Albert Keibel, St Petersburg, 1899-1908, was sold for
£16,800 (estimate £4000-5000) at Sotheby's in May 2005.
The buyer´s premium was 20/15%.