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Auction of glamorous spy's medals fetches record price for George Cross

  • Daughter of Violette Szabo, Tania Szabo, left, and actress Virginia McKenna who played Violette in noted 1958 movie "Carve Her Name With Pride", hold the George Cross awarded to Violette, at the medal auction in London Wednesday July 22, 2015. The George Cross and four others medals awarded to the Anglo-French undercover agent, Violette Szabo, for heroism after she was captured, tortured and murdered by the Nazis in World War II, sold for 312,000 pounds (US dlrs 446,691) including commission at the auction Wednesday.  The medals are being sold by her daughter, Tania Szabo,  and will now go on display at the Imperial War Museum in London. (Lauren Hurley  / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

    Daughter of Violette Szabo, Tania Szabo, left, and actress Virginia McKenna who played Violette in noted 1958 movie "Carve Her Name With Pride", hold the George Cross awarded to Violette, at the medal auction in London Wednesday July 22, 2015. The George Cross and four others medals awarded to the Anglo-French undercover agent, Violette Szabo, for heroism after she was captured, tortured and murdered by the Nazis in World War II, sold for 312,000 pounds (US dlrs 446,691) including commission at the auction Wednesday. The medals are being sold by her daughter, Tania Szabo, and will now go on display at the Imperial War Museum in London. (Lauren Hurley / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES  (The Associated Press)

  • The George Cross medal awarded to Violette Szabo, is held by Dix Noonan Webb auction house employee during the auction in London Wednesday July 22, 2015. The George Cross and four others medals awarded to the Anglo-French undercover agent, Violette Szabo, for heroism after she was captured, tortured and murdered by the Nazis in World War II, sold for 312,000 pounds (US dlrs 446,691) including commission at the auction Wednesday.  The medals are being sold by her daughter, Tania Szabo,  and will now go on display at the Imperial War Museum in London. (Lauren Hurley  / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

    The George Cross medal awarded to Violette Szabo, is held by Dix Noonan Webb auction house employee during the auction in London Wednesday July 22, 2015. The George Cross and four others medals awarded to the Anglo-French undercover agent, Violette Szabo, for heroism after she was captured, tortured and murdered by the Nazis in World War II, sold for 312,000 pounds (US dlrs 446,691) including commission at the auction Wednesday. The medals are being sold by her daughter, Tania Szabo, and will now go on display at the Imperial War Museum in London. (Lauren Hurley / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES  (The Associated Press)

Auctioneers say the medals awarded to a glamorous World War II heroine have fetched a record price.

Dix Noonan Web said Wednesday the sale price for the collection of medals awarded to Violette Szabo was 312,000 pounds ($446,691) including commission — far above the previous record of 93,000 pounds for a George Cross, a decoration awarded to civilians and military members for courage.

Szabo, an Anglo-French undercover agent, was tortured and killed by the Nazis after being captured after the D-Day landings. The medals will be put on display at the Imperial War Museum.

Szabo's 73-year-old daughter Tania, who decided to sell the medals after a fire, had wanted to make sure the medals would be seen and that her mother's memory recalled for generations to come.