The Queen Victoria statue made by Elkington & Co that sold for £13,000 at Gildings.

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As well as designing the new jubilee coinage, he had made jubilee statues for Balmoral, Bristol, Madras, Sydney and Pietermaritzburg.

Victoria herself unveiled the statue in Windsor where it still stands at Castle Hill, showing her holding an orb and sceptre.

Market Harborough saleroom Gildings (20% buyer’s premium) offered a rather more accessible version on May 10: a 22in (56cm) bronze made by Elkington & Co.

Mounted on an ebonised plinth with white metal mounts, showing crown above VR cipher, it was marked The gift of the Queen to her Majesty’s Lord Steward the Marquis of Breadalbane, KG, 12 July 1895.

Consigned from a private local source, it was estimated at £1500-2000 and took £13,000 from a UK online private buyer, outbidding the trade who were also participating online.

Will Gilding from the saleroom said: “Bidding was brisk, opening at £3000, followed by little hesitation over and above the £10,000 mark with both bidders taking no time to reply with their next bid, until the final bid came in and it was a definitive silence from the underbidder.”