Canadian Sikh Billionaire Acquires Maharaja Ranjit’s Sword

 Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Sword Engraved with His Name Likeness and Year

Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s Sword Engraved with His Name Likeness and Year

TORONTO, Canada—Calgary-based real estate developer Bob Dhillon, reportedly the first Sikh billionaire in Canada, is elated as he has acquired a piece of Sikh history for the first time in Canada. The item happens to be a 33.5-inch long curved sword which belonged to Maharaja Ranjit Singh (1799-1849).

It was sold by London-based auction house Mullock on April 3, 2014. Though on the official receipt the price is not indicated, the auctioneers have authenticated it.

“Initially there were over 700 bidders from all over the world,” explains Dhillon in an interview.

“Then on April 2nd there was a private auction with a sealed bid process. The reason for the sealed bid was that a lot of the bidders wanted to remain anonymous; also the final bid amount was to remain private. Close to 175 bidders were international, from Punjab, to New York, to Mongolia, to Hong Kong,” he added.

“We were told on April 3rd that I was the successful bidder for this amazing piece of history.”

Dhillon, president of Mainstreet Equity Corporation with real estate holdings of over a billion dollars, wouldn’t reveal the price he paid in acquiring the sword, “but it is a substantial amount I paid.”

He repeatedly said I’m “absolutely elated” as Maharaja Ranjit Singh was the greatest ruler that Punjab ever had.

“He was the founder of the Sikh empire (1799-1849). After the empire was conquered by the British, most Sikh artifacts remained in the hands of private collectors, or museums, in Britain. I am humbled that after 165 years, my family can help our community once again become the custodian of our own history,” Dhillon said.

Besides this sword, Dhillon has also acquired a number of manuscripts, and miniature paintings.


  1. That is absolutely briiliant and it really makes me proud. Sikh history should remain with Sikhs. I hope that he can donate or lease it to a Sikh Museum so all Sikh’s around the world can see a part of our amazing history. Thank you Mr Dhillon


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