Gold medal depicting Edward VIII has sold for almost £22,000

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Pictured: George Lainchbury Bown with the Cadet Officers cricket team in 1936  (front row, second left)<br />
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A unique gold medal depicting Edward VIII has sold for almost £22,000 after a bidding war - over five times its estimate.<br />
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The medal, officially known as the King's Medal, was presented to the star student at the Nautical College in Pangbourne, Berks, in 1936.<br />
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Since it was awarded annually, 19 year old George Lainchbury Bown was the only recipient during Edward's short-lived reign, so it is the sole example made.<br />
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Edward abdicated the throne after 11 months in December 1936 to marry American divorcee socialite Wallis Simpson.<br />
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Bown's medal was acquired by the Old Pangbournian Society, a college alumni organisation, at the sale held by London-based auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb.