If I needed the money I would, though obviously only once I'm a civvy considering it's an offence to sell them whilst serving. They can be easily be replaced with ones that look similar. The medals themselves don't mean that much, but the experiences good and bad behind them can never be sold (unless you write a book!).
It seems that the auctioned medals were replaced at one time and that two lots of medals were sold, the originals and the replacements.
Spinks Catalogue said:
Townsend's medals were reported stolen from quarter, 12.11.1988, whilst he was still in service. An official replacement group was issued to him in January 1989. This is combined in the lot with the original group of issue which was subsequently returned to him.
Ken Connor described the action at the Shershitti Caves in his book - 'Ghost Force'
One of the destinations of the camel trains, the Shershitti Caves, a rebel bastion and arms store, had defied the best attempts of the Iranians and the Sultan's Armed Forces to take it. An Iranian assault had been beaten off and a subsequent combined assault by a batallion of SAF troops backed by the SAS and firqat was also fruitless..............................................................
After the combined brainpower of the officers of the SAS, SAF and Iranian forces had failed to find a solution to the problem, an SAS trooper produced an answer. Instead of a frontal assault on the caves, his proposal was simply to shell the rebels out of them. Recoilless guns borrowed from the Iranians were used at first, but a rough track was then bulldozed to a nearby vantage point, bringing the caves within range of the Saracen armoured cars. Fire from their 75mm guns proved sufficient to deny the enemy use of the caves and the surrounding network of tracks for the rest of the conflict.
The crews of the Saracens - Omani soldiers with British officers and NCO's did a magnificient job throughout the conflict, providing mobile heavy weapon support wherever it was needed, without question. If it was possible for a vehicle to reach an area, they would be there.