Lafayette's medal to be sold at auction
The medal is being sold by Lafayette's descendants
NEW YORK, December 11, 2007 - A gold and enamel medal that once belonged to the American Revolutionary hero the Marquis de Lafayette goes on auction here on Tuesday, and could fetch as much as 10 million dollars, experts said.
The medal being sold by Lafayette's descendants was given to the Frenchman in 1824 by relatives of America's first US President George Washington, when Lafayette was 67 years old.
The gift was made a quarter-century after the death in 1799 of Washington, who as a general led US troops to victory in their battle for independence against Britain.
The one-inch diameter medal to be auctioned by Sotheby's shows an eagle encircled by a laurel wreath.
The American Revolution, which saw Britain's American colonies declare themselves a united, independent country, took place between 1775 and 1783.