In what has to be one of the most ironic auctions, the golden earrings of Maharani Jind Kaur, the wife of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, sold at Bonhams Islamic and Indian sale for £175,000 (approximately Rs 1.6 crore).

The irony here is that the earrings were stolen by the British and sold back to the Sikhs for a record breaking price.

Many were expecting the earrings to go for about £20,000 and £30,000 but the final sale price was ten times the estimated.

The Sikh relic collectors came in as a group and wanted to preserve one of the last available relics of the Sikh Empire.

The British army had stolen the earrings in 1846 along with the Kohinoor diamond and other precious gems from the Sikh empire.

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