The self-styled fake Kerala antique dealer Monson Mavunkal cheated many, including film stars to top police officials, by claiming that he was in possession of the throne of the erstwhile Mysore sultan Tipu Sahab.
Top cops and high-profile figures even posed for pictures sitting in the red-coloured chair and flaunted the photos online.
But where does the throne of Tipu actually belong?
Tipu Sultan was murdered by the British in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War at Srirangapatna on May 4, 1799.
The Price Committee of the East India Company that entered the mansion of Tipu was amused by the collection of gold, ornaments, diamonds and gems.
The golden throne of Tipu was the most valuable among those. The tiger-headed throne was decorated with gems. The base was made of premier timber, which is covered with a thick layer of gold. The price committee could not find the right recipient for the magnificent gift and decided to cut it into pieces.
Yes, Tipu’s throne does not exist as of now.
Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington who declared war with Tipu was saddened by the act of the committee. “It would have been great if we could save the throne,” he later mourned.