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Brit couple become millionaires overnight after being told relics found wrapped in newspaper in attic are lost treasures

Mirror logo Mirror 07/03/2019 Adam Aspinall

Tipu Sultan's ornate solid gold betel nut casket © BNPS Tipu Sultan's ornate solid gold betel nut casket A couple are set to be overnight millionaires after being told relics wrapped in newspaper in their attic were an Indian sultan’s treasures.

The artefacts were taken from the palace of Tipu Sultan, an Indian ruler, after his defeat by forces led by the Duke of Wellington in 1799.

The cache includes the very gun Tipu, the Tiger of Mysore, used in his last stand against the British.

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It has a tiger stripe pattern unique to Tipu and there is also damage caused by the musket ball that killed him.

Stunning artefacts from Indian hero Tipu Sultan's fateful last stand have been rediscovered by the family of an East India Company Major © BNPS Stunning artefacts from Indian hero Tipu Sultan's fateful last stand have been rediscovered by the family of an East India Company Major

The gun, four swords, a shield, a betel nut box and gold seal ring were brought to Britain by Major Thomas Hart following the Fourth Anglo-Mysore war.

Major Thomas Hart's lucky descendants are likely to become overnight millionaires © BNPS Major Thomas Hart's lucky descendants are likely to become overnight millionaires They were passed down through his family and now belong to a couple who kept them in the attic of their semi-detached home in Berkshire, not realising they could be worth millions.

In 2016, a sale of other items that belonged to Tipu fetched £6million.

a close up of a weapon: Indian hero Tipu Sultan's battle damaged flintlock musket © BNPS Indian hero Tipu Sultan's battle damaged flintlock musket Auctioneer Anthony Cribb, who is selling the latest collection, said: “It is impossible to put a price on these items but I would say this collection is more important than the previous one.

a close up of a metal chain: The peacock lock revealed 220 year old betel nuts © BNPS The peacock lock revealed 220 year old betel nuts “When I first saw the gun I nearly fainted. It is a once-in-a-lifetime find.

a man holding a gun: Auctioneer Anthony Cribb with the Tiger of Mysore's Firangi sword © PhilYeomans/BNPS Auctioneer Anthony Cribb with the Tiger of Mysore's Firangi sword “The owners are an ordinary family who live in a Victorian semi-detached house.

"You could describe this find as like a lottery win for them.”

Tipu Sultan's ornate solid gold betel nut casket - amazingly still containing 220 year old nuts © BNPS Tipu Sultan's ornate solid gold betel nut casket - amazingly still containing 220 year old nuts

The British waged war against Tipu Sultan after a spy intercepted a letter from French dictator Napoleon proposing an alliance with him against the British.

a close up of a person: Indian miniature painting of Tipu Sultan © BNPS Indian miniature painting of Tipu Sultan After the victory, British soldiers pillaged the city and Tipu’s palace, treasury and armoury, taking the wealthy sultan’s bejewelled possessions and impressive arms.

a close up of a logo: Major Thomas Hart's solid gold seal ring © BNPS Major Thomas Hart's solid gold seal ring The collection will be sold at auction at the Milton House Hotel, near Abingdon, Oxfordshire, on March 26.

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