'Peace of Paper' ticket brings £8k

When Neville Chamberlain returned from his negotiations with Hitler in 1938, it was with satisfaction and to general applause. Support for the idea that the Nazis could be appeased if allowed to annexe German speaking areas alone was strong.

Now, these negotiations are viewed as a terrible piece of political cowardice delaying the inevitable WW2 which was to follow. But only a minority - such as Winston Churchill - regarded the affair with such cynicism at the time.

Neville Chamberlain's place ticket to sign the Munich Treaty with Adolf Hitler
Neville Chamberlain's ticket
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On Tuesday, January 19, Mullock's auctioneers sold Neville Chamberlain's 1938 plane ticket - or rather the half which had not already been sold at auction by Christie's - for £8,000, beating its £5,000-7,000 estimate. The ticket had been found in the possessions of British Airways founder George William Denny.

Most documents relating to the Munich agreement are in the hands of governments or museums, so this represented a unique opportunity for a militaria, or aviation, collector.

 

Image: Mullock's auctioneers


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