Mary Seacole: Statue Of Crimean War Heroine Sells For £101,000

The 30cm-high terracotta half bust was only expected to sell for between £700 and £1,000.

A bust of Crimean War heroine Mary Seacole has sold at auction for £101,000 - more than 100 times its estimated sale price. 

The statue went under the hammer at Dominic Winter Auctioneers in South Cerney, Gloucestershire, on Thursday afternoon.

It had previously been estimated to sell at between £700 and £1,000.

Mary Seacole, the daughter of a Scottish soldier and Jamaican mother, was born in 1805 and rivalled Florence Nightingale for her feats during the Crimean War.

She later went to England and when she heard of the plight of the soldiers in Crimea, she volunteered to help but was turned down.

WATCH: Forces News visited Dominic Winter Auctioneers ahead of the sale of the bust.

Undeterred, Ms Seacole funded her journey and remained in Crimea until 1856.

When she returned to England destitute, commanders in Crimea raised money for the nurse, who was awarded the British Crimean medal, the Turkish Medjidie and the French Legion d'honneur.

She died in 1881 and was voted 'Greatest Black Briton' in an online poll in 2004.

The 30cm-high terracotta half bust, in which Ms Seacole wears her war medals and a row of pearls, was modelled by the Victorian artist Count Gleichen in 1871.

Cover image: Statue of Mary Seacole that sold for £100,000.