No sale for Hastings sword

A recent Christies auction failed to sell a medieval sword, purported to have been a trophey taken by Humphrey De Bohun, a kinsman of William the Conqueror, from the Battle of Hastings. The owner had hoped the sword would bring up to £120,000. (photo)

The history of the sword has been disputed, but the auctioneers believed that at least the blade was authentic. "Whilst it cannot be proved, it is not at all inconceivable that the blade of the present sword was captured or taken as a trophy by De Bohun at Hastings and was later remounted to become a family sword," the Christie's spokeswoman said.