The bust of Mary Seacole, famous heroine of the Crimean War, has been sold at auction for £100,000 is has been confirmed. Born in 1805 to a Scottish father and Jamaican mother, Mary was heralded as being as famous as Florence Nightingale for her efforts to help soldiers during the war.
She traveled to England upon hearing the plight of soldiers to offer help but was turned down. Being undeterred she funded her own journey and remained in the Crimea until 1856.
Upon her return to England penniless Crimean commanders raised money for the nurse and she was awarded the British Crimean Medal and the French Legion of Honour among other accolades. She died in 1881 and was awarded the posthumous award of Greatest Black Briton in 2004.
The winning bid for the 30cm high half-bust was made by Billy Peterson who owns the film company Racing Green Pictures. He is making plans to release a film of her life. After filming has finished it will be given to the Mary Seacole Trust and housed in the Florence Nightingale Museum.
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