London, Aug. 21 (PTI): A 204-year-old copy of the Treaty of Amritsar from the days of the British East India Company sold today for over four times its estimate at an auction of rare historical documents.
The treaty, struck between Maharaja Ranjit Singh and Charles T. Metcalfe of the British East India Company in 1809, was bought by an anonymous bidder for £3,400 (Rs 3.4 lakh). The base price was between £600 and £800.
The East India Company’s need for a defensive treaty against the French resulted in the pact that chalked out the frontier controlled by Singh along the river Sutlej.
Several other historical documents and photographs related to Punjab went under the hammer today.