Historic Battle of Bosworth flag to be auctioned

The flag is over 500 years old. Credit: Hansons Auctioneers

A piece of the flag that flew as Richard III was killed by the army of Henry VII 500 years ago is to be auctioned later.

The bloody Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, which culminated in Richard III's death, marked the end of the War of the Roses and the start of the Tudor dynasty.

The flag has been passed down through generations of a Northamptonshire family since at least 1847 and according to experts bears the standard of the then future King Henry.

The fragment, which measures 6.5in by 5.5in, is expected to make between £3,000 and £5,000.