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The purse was kept by Nelson's close friend, Alexander Davison, and passed through his lineage until 2002. In that year, it was sold at auction as part of a large collection of more than one hundred lots related to Lord Nelson, all of which had once been owned by Davison's family.
Nelson had this purse on his person when he suffered the wound that would prove fatal. Although it was expected to sell for £80,000 the winning bidder paid £270,650 to own this unique artifact, over £390,000 today. The coins had been placed in the purse on the fateful morning of the Battle of Trafalgar, but they would certainly not have been enough to match the winning bid on this particular bit of Nelson memorabilia!