A WW II Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest military honor for bravery awarded to soldiers of the Commonwealth, has sold to a mystery buyer at a Melbourne auction for a record $1,087,770. Only 22 Crosses were awarded to Australians during WWII. Private Ted Kenna won this one for single-handedly taking out a Japanese machine gun post in New Guinea.
The Victoria Cross was the most prestigious of a group of 10 medals Kenna received that were sold as a single lot at Noble Numismatics. Robert Kenna, the late hero’s son, said he and his three siblings would split the proceeds. Until its sale, the medal had been on display at the Australian War Memorial. Kenna died in 2009 at the age of 90.
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