“This spectacular price reflects both the extraordinary achievements of one of the Soviet Union’s most brilliant fighter aces and the strength of the market for Russian orders, decorations and medals,” said Mark Quayle, a medals specialist at Dix Noonan Webb.
“We had an unparalleled level of interest from Russian collectors prior to the sale and it became increasingly clear that we would have fiercely competitive bidding at the auction. Our predictions proved correct and we are delighted that Andrei Borovykh’s remarkable group of decorations and medals has gone to a Russian buyer.”
“The market for world orders and decorations is very healthy and Dix Noonan Webb is receiving an increasing number of consignments. We believe that this is a sector of our sales that will continue to grow in the months and years ahead.”
Borovykh was credited with shooting down at least 32 Axis aircraft and shared 14 other victories accumulated over three fronts. A master exponent of the dogfight, he regularly engaged enemy formations, where he was often outnumbered by at least three to one. Despite this and the limitations of his aircraft, he managed to shoot down two enemy aircraft in one day on seven separate occasions. His gallantry and skill led to him being made a Hero of the Soviet Union twice, receiving the Order of Lenin twice and the Order of the Red Banner on five occasions. All of these together with numerous other decorations and medals from the Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact countries were in the lot sold at Dix Noonan Webb along with an archive of original documents. The pre-sale estimate was £10,000 to £15,000.
Despite being shot down and wounded in 1943, Borovykh survived the war and went on to become Commander-in-Chief of the Soviet Union’s Air Defences from 1969 to 1977. He died in November 1989 and is buried in Moscow.
Dix Noonan Webb Ltd is one of the world’s leading specialist auctioneers and valuers of coins, tokens, medals, militaria, paper money and jewellery. Established in 1990, the company boasts over 250 years' combined experience in this field and stages regular auctions throughout the year.
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