Chance to own badge that was fit for a king

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A UNIQUE 18 carat gold replica of a Richard III boar badge has been commissioned by the Yorkshire Museum.

The replica will be the only gold replica of the badge in existence, accurately based on the rare 15th Century silver badge on show in the museum.

It has been created by jeweller Charmian Ottaway as part of York’s year-long programme of events entitled Richard III: Rumour and Reality and will be unveiled at a press call later this week.

Such badges were originally worn by supporters of Richard III (1483-1485) with precious metal versions given to his most loyal supporters.

The replica will be auctioned by the Yorkshire Museum, with the money raised being put towards the museum’s acquisition fund.

People can bid in the silent auction by dropping off sealed bids at a collection point at the Yorkshire Museum, in York, or by emailing: boarbadge@ymt.org.uk

The piece has been given a reserve price of £2,000.

Natalie McCaul, curator of archaeology, said: “Since we acquired the badge we have been inundated with requests by people wanting to buy replicas of it to wear as a symbol of their interest in Richard III.

“We asked Charmian to make a mould which we have used to create silver versions of the badge to sell in our shop. However we thought we would make a unique 18 carat gold badge so one lucky person can be the proud owner of the only one in existence.”

The auction for the badge will officially start on Thursday July 18, with the winner being announced in October.

The pewter and silver badges are on sale in the Yorkshire Museum shop. The original silver gilt livery badge in the form of a boar, a symbol of Richard III, was found in 2010 near Stillingfleet.