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The gallantry medals awarded to an SAS hero who smashed his way into the Iranian Embassy in London to help free 26 hostages in the infamous 1980 siege have sold for just under £25,000.
Fearless Bob Curry used a sledgehammer to break a window in the central London building to free the staff there being held by gunmen.
The 27-year-old special forces soldier was called upon to carry out the potentially deadly mission when an explosive that was meant to blow a ground floor window in failed to explode.
Despite the risk that the charge could still explode, Curry ran forward, kicked the charge out of the way, smashed the window with a single blow and was the first to climb inside.
The commando's heroic actions allowed a crack squad of four SAS soldiers to enter the rear of the building in South Kensington and clear the ground floor and the cellar.
All but one of the hostages were saved, and five of the six hostage takers were killed.