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ITEMS belonging to the late war veteran Bernard Jordan – who sprang to prominence when he made a cross-Channel dash to last year’s 70th anniversary D-Day events – have sold at auction for £1,650.

The collection was bought by a military collector from Kent who will put it on display in his shop in Normandy.

Mr Jordan died aged 90 on December 30, six months after being nicknamed the Great Escaper for slipping out of his care home and travelling to Portsmouth to sail for the D-Day commemorations in Normandy.

Seven days after Mr Jordan’s death, his wife of 59 years, Irene, also died, aged 88, prompting tributes to the couple who left their entire £600,000 estate to the RNLI.

Yesterday his medals – including a 1939-1945 Star, an Atlantic star, an Italy star, and a Second World War Defence and War medal – sold at Wallis and Wallis auctioneers in Lewes, East Sussex.

The lot also included a portrait of Mr Jordan on canvas and a coloured print of a Bob cartoon published in the Sunday Telegraph last June, following his D-Day anniversary escapade.

Other reminders of his trip across the Channel were also sold as part of the lot, including printouts confirming his Brittany Ferries return ticket last June. Proceeds from the sale will go to the RNLI.