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  • King Henry VIII Autographed Petition
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    King Henry VIII Signed Petition

    £70,000.00

    • Rare document signed "Henry R" by one of England's most iconic monarchs in 1542
    • Pristine condition
    • Clear signature at head of page
    • Exceptionally large - oblong folio on vellum
    • Previously stored in the Crown Office

    King Henry VIII

    Henry VIII was King of England from April 21, 1509 until his death on January 28, 1547.

    Henry's six wives - Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Katherine Parr - are the stuff of legend.

    Henry's struggles with Rome led to the separation of the Church of England from Papal authority, establishing him as the Supreme Head of the Church of England. The move changed the face of religion in England, and has had a lasting effect that is felt around the world today. 

    Henry VIII is also remembered as "one of the most charismatic rulers to sit on the throne of England", as well as a keen patron of the arts, himself being an author and composer. 

    Description

    King Henry VIII's bold, clear signature features prominently on this exceptionally large document, measuring 20" x 11.5".

    Henry's signature is followed by a large R signifying the words, Rex Omnibus, meaning "king of all" in Latin.

    Of the utmost quality, this piece is in pristine condition, a truly remarkable feat considering its age. There are few comparables on the open market.

    The document is a petition from John and Dorothy Wingfield to King Henry VIII, requesting the right to rent the priory of Woodbridge and Haspeley, the rectory of Woodbridge, and the possessions of the priory in Woodbridge, Martlesham, Great Bealings, Hasketon, Grymmesborough, Haspeley and Brandeston.

    Henry's signature indicates he gives his assent to the request.

    Four lines at the head of the document read:

    "To the king o[u]r Soveraigne Lorde, Please it your hieghnes[s] of your mooste noble and abundant grace to gruante your mooste gracious, L[ett]ers patente under your grete Seale of England in due and sufficient fourme to, be made according to the teno[u]r herafter ensuing."

    Following the addition of the King's signature, indicating that the Great Seal could now be attached, petitions such as this would have been passed on to the Chancery, where it would be formally copied and passed under the Great Seal.

    The final copied document would then be passed to the petitioner and would not usually feature the king's signature.

    The original, signed document - such as the example offered - would have been kept in the Crown Office.

    This patent was successful and can be seen on the Patent Rolls dated Westminster, 6th March 1542.

    In the upper left corner is a small notation reading, "Given me 8th June 1797 by Mr. Betts of Colchester" - presumably an addition from one of its early owners after it left the Crown Office.

    Rarity

    It is very rare for a document such as this one to leave the Crown Office.

    Unsurprisingly, few documents have survived the 470+ years since Henry's death.

    Those that have withstood the tests of time are mostly held in institutions such as the British Library, the National Archives and the British Museum, leaving very few in private hands.

    This is a rare opportunity to own an example of King Henry VIII's signature on such a large document in pristine condition.

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  • King Henry VIII Autographed Document
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    King Henry VIII Autographed Document

    £65,000.00

    • Bold, clear signature from Henry VIII - one of England's most iconic monarchs
    • Exceptional content relating to a loan to Sir Richard Gresham, the father of founder of the London Stock Exchange Sir Thomas Gresham
    • Provenance from Sir Thomas Phillipps, who was renowned for the largest collection of manuscripts in the 19th century
    • Vellum document in superb condition dated 1513 - the year Henry VIII invaded France
    • Discover more about this piece here

    Henry VIII was King of England from April 21, 1509 until his death on January 28, 1547.

    Henry's six wives - Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Katherine Parr - are the stuff of legend.

    Henry's struggles with Rome led to the separation of the Church of England from Papal authority, establishing him as the Supreme Head of the Church of England. The move changed the face of religion in England, and has had a lasting effect that is felt around the world today. 

    Henry VIII is also remembered as "one of the most charismatic rulers to sit on the throne of England", as well as a keen patron of the arts, himself being an author and composer.  

    Description & history

    Henry signs a large and bold "Henry R" - short for Henry "Rex Omnibus", the Latin for "king of all". 

    A large 11.3 x 8.5 inches - perfect for display.

    The document is addressed to John Heron, the Treasurer of the Chamber. In it King Henry VIII advises Heron of a loan to then cloth merchant Richard Gresham.

    "Richard Gresham of oure Citie of London with other stonde bounde by obligacion for the payment to oure use of the somme of Sixe hundred thirty seven poundes and ten shillynges at a certayn daie expired".

    Henry VIII informs Heron that the payment to Gresham should be delayed for two years upon existing sureties from Gresham, and that Heron should retain Gresham's bond.

    The sum of money involved is considerable: £637 10s, which equates to £3.9 million today, based on the average earnings index.

    At the time of the loan, the 29-year-old Richard Gresham was a major English cloth merchant trading in Antwerp. He later served as the Lord Mayor of London, a Member of Parliament and was a major financier to the crown - an extremely influential figure.

    The loan from Henry VIII enabled Gresham to found the House of Gresham, one of the most celebrated mercantile and financial houses of the 16th Century. His son, Sir Thomas Gresham, further increased the family fortune and founded the Royal Exchange in the City of London - London's first bourse and the forerunner to London's Stock Exchange.

    As this document describes the loan that helped Gresham found his empire, it is of the utmost importance. Gresham's influence on London is still felt to this day.

    Provenance

    The document once formed part of the collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps, a British Baronet who amassed the largest collection of manuscript material in the 19th Century. His chief collecting rival was the British Library - a testament to the value of his collection.

    Rarity

    Henry VIII is recognised globally due to his role in the historically important changes to religion and his somewhat unorthodox approach to marriage. It is thus not surprising that items related to him are highly sought after by collectors of both historical and royal memorabilia.

    Due to Henry VIII's historical significance, most documents related to his reign are kept in institutions such as the British Library, the National Archives and the British Museum, and are unlikely to reappear on the collectors' market.

    Only a limited number of privately owned documents have survived the 470+ years since Henry VIII's reign and documents of this quality are exceptionally rare.

    Paul Fraser’s view:

    "Henry VIII signatures come up for sale very rarely - most are in museums or libraries.

    "The historical importance of the document makes it particularly special.

    "If it wasn't for Henry's loan to Richard Gresham, he may never have made his fortune, and his son Thomas would never have had the opportunity to establish the Royal Exchange - the precursor to London's Stock Exchange.

    "And you can't get much better than provenance from Sir Thomas Phillipps, the manuscript collector of the 19th century."

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  • Elizabeth Taylor Richard Burton love letter
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    Elizabeth Taylor love letter to Richard Burton

    £35,000.00

    • A handwritten love letter written from Elizabeth Taylor to husband Richard Burton in 1974
    • Incredible content that lays bare the passion between this legendary couple 
    • Get the full story behind this piece here 

    Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were two of the world's biggest stars when they embarked on an affair on the set of Cleopatra (1961).

    Their romance was tumultuous. Burton was a womaniser and both were heavy drinkers. Still they were unable to stay apart for long. They were married twice, with both weddings leading to divorce. So intense was the relationship that it has gone down in Hollywood history. 

    A love letter written, in pencil, by Elizabeth Taylor to her husband Richard Burton on their 10 year wedding anniversary, March 15th 1974, just days before their breakup.

    Taylor and Burton were renting a house in Oroville, California while Burton was filming his latest movie "The Klansman". Their lease on the home began on February 15th 1974.

    The letter reads in full:

    "My darling (my still) My husband. I wish I could tell you of my love for you, of my fear, my delight, my pure animal pleasure of you - (with you) - my jealousy, my pride, my anger at you, at times.

    Most of all my love for you, and whatever love you can dole out to me - I wish I could write about it but I can't. I can only "boil and bubble" inside and hope you understand how I really feel.

    Anyway I lust thee, Your (still) Wife. P.S. O'Love, let us never take each other for granted again! P.P.S. How about that - 10 years!!"

    Taylor had warned Burton from the start of their marriage in 1964 that she had zero tolerance for infidelity. However during the filming of When Eagles Dare, Burton resumed an affair with co-star Mary Ure. After that, Taylor made sure she was on set with Burton every day in 1969 for the shooting of Anne Of The Thousand Days.

    A further affair with co-star Genevieve Bujold lasted many years. An affair with Nathalie Delon followed in 1972, along with rumours of an affair with Raquel Welch.

    Taylor finally lost patience during the filming of The Klansman when Burton commenced an affair with "a teenager, a hotel waitress and a string of other women."

    The love letter is accompanied by a letter of provenance from Toni Hennings, the woman who rented the Oroville house to them:

    "This letter written by Elizabeth Taylor while renting my home from Feb 15th til April 18th 1974. It was left behind - inside a book in a drawer under the masterbedroom bed."

    To our knowledge no other Taylor-Burton love letter has ever been offered for sale.

    As seen in the Daily Mail, the Telegraph and the Daily Express.

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  • King Henry VII Autographed Historical Document
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    King Henry VII Autographed Historical Document

    £27,500.00

    • Clearly signed "HR" by King Henry VII - the first monarch of the House of Tudor
    • Dated 1499 and addressed to Sir Robert Lytton, Keeper of the Great Wardrobe
    • Very good condition for age - document is over 500 years old
    • Click here to discover more about this item 

    Henry VII became King of England and Lord of Ireland on August 22, 1485, after he defeated King Richard III at the famed Battle of Bosworth Field. He is the last English king to win his throne on the battlefield.

    Uniting the House of Plantagenet's rival houses, the House of Lancaster and the House of York, he founded the Tudor dynasty, which would rule over England until 1603.

    His reign is characterised by the restoration of stablitity to the English monarchy after the upheavals of the War of the Roses and before, the Hundred Years War.

    However, his final years were marked by financial scandal that left many in England indebted to the throne, a scandal which was only revealed after his death in 1509. 

    After a 23 year reign, the throne was passed to his son - the charismatic Henry VIII.

    A history of this document 

    This extremely rare signed document features Henry VII's clear and flourishing "H R" autograph. It is addressed to Sir Robert Lytton, Keeper of the Great Wardrobe. 

    The document orders Sir Lytton to deliver to Denys Bonde: "thre brode yerds and an half of tawney for a gowne, and asmoche blak bogee as wol suffice to furre the same. and thre yerds of blak sattyn for a doblet".

    The piece, which measures 7.7" x 3.5", is accompanied by a full translation of the letter which reads as follows:

    "We wol and charge you that vato our Welbeloued seruant denys Bonde ye deliuer or doe (cause - omitted) to bee deliuered thre brode yerds and an half of tawney for a gowne, and asmoche blak bogee as wol suffice to furre the same, and thre yerds of blak sattyn for a doblet and these our letteres shalbe your suffisuant Warraunt in this behalue. yeuen vader oure signet at our manor of Grenewiche the viith day of ffebruary The xiiiith yere of our Reigne.

    "To our trusty and welbeloued knight and counsaillour sir Robert Litton, keper of our great warderobe"

    The Great Wardrobe employed a range of craftsmen who lived and worked in the city.

    The holders of the key posts, such as the king’s tailor and the king’s skinner, were often leading members of their respective livery companies and they were at the centre of a network of other tailors, embroiderers, skinners and tapestry weavers who were employed on a more adhoc basis.

    Condition

    As is common of documents from this time, the page contains a small area of paper loss towards the bottom left corner and slight stain to the lower edge, however, this does not affect the text or the signature.

    Rarity

    Few documents have survived the 500+ years since Henry VII's reign and it is incredibly rare to find one in such good condition.

    A highly desirable piece, well preserved documents from England's early monarchs are scarce on the market, with most now housed in institutional collection.

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  • Moonwalkers signed photograph collection
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    Moonwalkers signed photograph collection

    £18,000.00

    • A collection of signed photographs from each of the 12 astronauts to walk on the Moon
    • Find out more about this item here 

    During the four years NASA operated its manned Apollo missions to the Moon (1968-1972), 12 men walked on the Lunar surface.

    A remarkable collection made up of signed photographs from each of the 12 Moonwalkers – Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Pete Conrad, Alan Bean, Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, David Scott, James Irwin, John Young, Charles Duke, Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt.

    The photographs are presented in frames and feature excellent provenance, including shots of the original collector with five of the signers. It would be impossible to recreate today. Only four of the 12 survive and all are now in their 80s.

    This is an investment grade collection with huge potential.

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  • Elvis Presley Twice-Signed Album
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    Elvis Presley Twice-Signed 1950s Album

    £15,000.00

    • A highly rare original copy of Elvis Presley's second studio album, signed twice by the king of rock and roll.
    • Gifted to a fellow member of his US Army unit during his military service in Germany.
    • Find out more about this piece here 

    Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977) was one of the most iconic and influential performers of the 20th century, known to his fans simply as "The King".

    As one of the originators of rock and roll, he created a music style which changed the world and inspired generations of artists from the Beatles to the present day.

    Presley remains the best-selling solo artist of all-time, with estimated record sales of 600 million, and performed over numerous styles including rockabilly, pop, blues and gospel.

    Today millions of fans flock from around the world to visit his former home of Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, and rare items of his memorabilia regularly sell for tens of thousands of dollars at auction.

    'Elvis' was Presley's second studio album, released in the US in October 1956, and featured a mix of original songs, country ballads and Little Richard covers.

    The record also featured a version of 'Old Shep' – the 1940s country song that Elvis had first performed in a Tupelo talent contest when he was just 10 years old.

    The album spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard Pop Albums chart, making Elvis the first recording artist to have their first two albums go straight to #1 in the same year.

    Five months after the release of the album, Presley was inducted into the US Army. He was assigned to Company A of the 3rd Armored Division's 1st Medium Tank Battalion, and completed his basic training at Fort Hood, Texas before heading overseas.

    Elvis autographed and inscribed this copy of the album to a fellow member of the 3rd Armored Division whilst he was stationed in Friedberg, West Germany, and remained in the same family's collection for years.

    The album bears Presley's autograph in bold blue ink on the reverse of the album cover, and another inscribed "Many thanks! Elvis Presley" on the album's protective inner sleeve.

    The album sleeve shows overall age wear, creases and scuffed edges/corners. The original vinyl record is still present within.

    This record represents the first signed Elvis Presley album we've ever had the pleasure of offering at Paul Fraser Collectibles.

    Bearing not one, but two bold signatures, it represents a superb opportunity and would take pride of place in any music fan's collection.

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  • Charles Dickens signed document
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    Charles Dickens signed document

    £15,000.00

    • A large and exceptional land lease signed by Charles Dickens 

    Charles John Huffman Dickens (1812-1870) is regarded as the greatest English writer of his age. His broad body of work includes some of the most celebrated novels ever written - including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol.

    Dickens was born into a middle class family in Portsmouth, but his circumstances changed dramatically when his father was slung into a debtors’ prison in 1824. Dickens was forced to leave school and start work in a boot polish factory to support his family.

    While his father was freed a few months later, allowing Dickens to return to school, this formative experience left him burning with a righteous anger at the conditions the working classes had to endure.

    Charles John Huffman Dickens (1812-1870) created some of the world's most memorable fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian Period. His works include A Christmas Carol and A Tale of Two Cities, the best selling novel of all time.

    This exceptionally large document, measuring 26½ x 22 inches, is dated 21st March 1863. Boasting impeccable penmanship the document is an Indenture made between Charles Dickens ('Of Higham, in the County of Kent') and John Brooker, a local farmer for the lease of land.

    It relates to 'a piece or parcel of land or garden ground containing by estimation eight acres and sixteen perches or thereabouts as now stumped off formerly woodland part of a piece of land formerly called or known by the name of "Seeming Ruff" but now called "Scrubby Bushes" situate lying and being at or near a certain place called Gads Hill in the Parish of Higham in the County of Kent..."

    The document has been signed by Dickens in bold blue fountain pen at the base, either side of a red wax seal affixed to a small green ribbon.

    Dickens association with Gads Hill is well documented. In 1856 he purchased Gads Hill Place for £1,790. He had first encountered the house in 1821 when he was nine years old and would often walk from Chatham to Gads Hill Place.

    He later wrote "I used to look at it as a wonderful mansion (Which God knows it is not) when I was a very odd little child with the first faint shadows of all my books in my head - I suppose."

    35 years later he purchased the house, initially as an investment, and later as his personal country retreat before moving in permanently in June 1857.

    It was at Gads Hill Place that Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations and his unfinished work The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

    One of the main characters in Edwin Drood is Stony Durdles the stonemason, who Dickens based on local farmer John Brooker, referenced in this Indenture. In 1897 Elliot Stock, in his book on Dickens' life, wrote "[In] the late veteran Mr John Brooker, of Higham (whose father planted the famous cedars at gads Hill Place), were recognised some of the better qualities and peculiarities of Stony Durdles"

    We've been racking our brains but can't think of another document that mentions both Charles Dickens and the real life inspiration of one of his characters.

    A truly interesting and unique item. Huge size makes for a very impressive display piece.

    Provenance: Ex Christie's 2008

  • President George Washington Autographed Lottery Ticket
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    President George Washington Autographed Lottery Ticket

    £15,000.00

    President George Washington Autographed Lottery Ticket


    • Rare Mountain Road Lottery ticket signed by the young Colonel George Washington
    • One of only 25 known to exist
    • Excellent condition compared to many existing examples

    George Washington (1732-1799) was the first President of the United States and a respected leader who helped steer the course of history during the American Revolutionary War. He is looked upon fondly by Americans as one of the great Founding Fathers.

    At the time of signing, he had recently married Martha and moved with her to Mount Vernon near Alexandria, Virginia. Here, he became one of the richest men in Virginia, living the life of planter and politician.

    He expanded the Mount Vernon estate to an impressive size and began to show more interest in politics, as he presented the Virginia Assembly with legislation to the importation of goods from Great Britain.

    During this time, he was also an active leader of the Virginia social elite, inviting some of the most prominent figures to his estate. He lived the life of an aristocrat, enjoying fox hunting and dances, as well as the theatre, racing and cock fights.

    It is likely that his dislike of British rule began with the Mountain Road Lottery, as during preparations, the British banned all lotteries and his plans were drastically altered.

    Description

    This partially-printed page measures 2 7/8" x 1 3/8" and is in fine condition, with some light staining to the top and lower borders. The 1768 Mountain Road lottery ticket reads:

    1768. This Ticket [No. 173] shall entitle the Possessor to whatever Prize may happen to be drawn against it's [sic] Number in the Mountain Road Lottery

    The document is signed in brown/black ink, Go. Washington. Washington's autograph is particularly fine and demonstrates his flourishing, expressive penmanship.

    A fine filigree-style border design surrounds the text. Its intricate nature was possibly an attempt to avoid forgeries.

    History

    In 1768, a lottery was organised to fund road works in the area of Mountain Road. Improvements were needed in order to access the hot springs of Bath County, reputed to have healing properties. Washington acted as manager of the lottery. His signature on the tickets added credibility to the venture.

    However, the lottery was never completed, as the British banned all lotteries just as tickets were selling. Perhaps this is the very point at which Washington's dislike of British rule began.

    Rarity

    As Washington died over 200 years ago, it can be difficult to find examples of his signature that remain in good condition.

    Being the first President of the United States, and a very popular figure from American history, Washington memorabilia is much sought after by both museums and private collectors. The combination of the lack of good quality Washington memorabilia and the high demand for it makes his signature very rare.

    Comparables

    In 2009, a letter in which Washington argues in support of the adoption of the proposed new Constitution sold for $3,218,500. Another handwritten letter by the Founding Father sold for $834,500 back in 2009.

    As well as handwritten letters, examples of the President's autograph can also sell for significant sums. In 2010, Paul Fraser Collectibles sold an accounts document signed by Washington for £29,950.

    This is a rare opportunity to own a fine example of the first President of the United States' signature

  • Apollo 11 autographs on Life magazine page
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    Apollo 11 autographs on Life magazine page

    £9,995.00

    • A set of three Apollo 11 autographs on a page from Life magazine

    The Apollo program was NASA’s third foray into human spaceflight and operated from 1961 through 1972. It succeeded in putting the first men on the Moon with the Apollo 11 landing in 1969, a defining moment in human history.

    A wonderful collection of autographs from the three members of the Apollo 11 mission: Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.

    The trio have signed superbly in black ink on the page of a 1969 Life magazine edition that depicts the three men.

    Neil Armstrong's signature is among the most sought after in autograph collecting. 

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  • Bert Lahr signed photo
    • A rare Bert Lahr autographed photo depicting him as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz

    Bert Lahr (1895-1967) was an American stage and screen performer, best-known for his role as the Cowardly Lion in the timeless classic The Wizard of Oz.

    Lahr began his career as a vaudeville performer on the Columbia Burlesque Circuit, and worked his way up to starring roles on Broadway, before heading to Hollywood in the 1930s.

    He featured in several films before landing the part of the Cowardly Lion in the 1939 MGM musical, starring alongside Judy Garland, Ray Bolger and Jack Haley.

    During filming, Lahr was known to ad-lib lines, causing numerous re-takes as his co-stars burst out laughing. When later asked by reporters if he was worried about being typecast, he replied, "Yeah, but how many parts are there for lions?"

    Lahr returned to the stage later in his career, co-starring in the 1956 US premiere of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, and winning the 1964 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his role in Foxy.

    This vintage 10 x 8 photograph features Lahr in his full Cowardly Lion costume, and is strikingly signed "To Vickie, with love, Uncle Bert" at the top of the image in blue ink. The recipient was Lahr's niece Vickie Arthur.

    Lahr was an infrequent signer of autographs during his life, and signed photographs of him in his most iconic role as the Cowardly Lion are highly rare.

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  • The Beatles Autographs
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    The Beatles 1963 signatures in autograph album

    £9,950.00

    • Set of gorgeous Beatles autographs: John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison
    • Accompanied by another page from an autograph book, where Lennon has also signed "Benny Higgins (Juggler)"
    • Also accompanied by a ticket stub for Princess Theatre, Torquay, Sunday 18th August 1963
    • Learn more about this item here 

    The Beatles and their music need no introduction. As a result of their all-encompassing impact on popular music and culture, memorabilia from the band remains some of the most collectible and valuable on the market.

    These two pages from an autograph album feature the signatures of three of the Beatles in black fountain pen ink.

    The first page, dedicated to "Helen", is signed by three of the group: "love from The Beatles, Paul McCartney xxx"; "love from George Harrison xxxx"; "John Lennon xxx". Ringo Starr's name is handwritten at the bottom of the page, though not by his hand (possibly written by Paul McCartney).

    The second page, from the same album, is signed by John Lennon as "Benny Higgins (juggler)". The collector has neatly annotated the page with "John Lennon's joke".

    This unusual page is accompanied by a ticket stub for the Beatles' concert at the Princess Theatre, Torquay on Sunday August 18, 1963. The signatures were obtained on this date.

    The Torquay concert followed the group's release of their debut album, Please Please Me, in March 1963.

    The pages are in excellent condition, with only minor tears where they were removed from the autograph album. Sticky tape marks are present at the top and bottom of the ticket stub.

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  • Frank James Signed Letter
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    Outlaw Frank James handwritten letter

    £9,500.00

    • A touching handwritten love letter by one of the most legendary outlaws of the Old West, Frank James
    • Find out more about this item here 

    Frank James (1843 – 1915) was a U.S Civil War Confederate guerrilla and notorious Old West outlaw.

    Together with his younger brother Jesse James, he helped established the James-Younger Gang, which robbed banks, trains, and stagecoaches throughout the southern states.

    The gang cultivated a reputation as folk heroes, with help from the editor of the Kansas City Times, who published Jesse James' letters and proclaimed him to be a modern-day Robin Hood.

    The gang's spree of robberies and murder lasted from 1866 until 1876, when several members were killed or captured during a disastrous raid on the First National Bank of Northfield, Minnesota.

    Frank James retired from his life of crime soon after, but his brother Jesse struggled to adapt to normal life, and formed a new gang which continued to operate for several years.

    Following the murder of Jesse by fellow gang member Robert Ford in 1882, Frank James feared for his own life and surrendered to the authorities, stating:

    "I have been hunted for twenty-one years, have literally lived in the saddle, have never known a day of perfect peace. It was one long, anxious, inexorable, eternal vigil."

    He was tried for his roles in two robberies/murders in Missouri and Alabama, and was acquitted in both cases, before returning to Oklahoma to live with his family.

    For the next 30 years Frank James held a variety of jobs, including a shoe salesman, an AT&T telegraph operator and even a ticket taker in a burlesque theatre.

    He also gave public lectures on the Old West, invested in Buckskin Bill's Wild West Show, and gave tours of the James family farm, where he eventually passed away in 1915 at the age of 72.

    Frank James and Ann Ralston

    The story of how Frank James first met Ann Ralston remains somewhat of a mystery.

    She was the highly-educated daughter of a wealthy businessman, and was working as a teacher when she suddenly eloped with James in the summer of 1875.

    Her parents received a letter which read simply "Dear Mother: I am married and going West. Annie Reynolds", and were distraught at her disappearance.

    It wasn't until several months later that they discovered their new son-in-law was one of the country's most wanted men.

    In 1876 Ann's father arranged for a New York newspaper article about the marriage, to ensure his family was not linked to the criminal gang

    "The James brothers, who are, with the Younger boys, creating so much stir just now, have had a love scrape, or at least one of them has. But this love affair is different from all other love affairs. No one who knows anything of the career of the James brothers would expect them to woo, win and marry like other people...

    "Mr. Ralston has had no connection or communication with the train robbers whatever. His daughter he has not seen since she left home, a year and one month ago.

    "If she is alive she will not write home, lest her letters should guide the officers to her husband's retreat. If she was dead Frank James would have notified her parents. So they can only rest patiently in the uncertainty of perhaps seeing their daughter again."

    Ralston never returned home, but despite the dramatic nature of their courtship and Frank's life of crime, they maintained a happy and stable marriage.

    They had a son, Robert Franklin James, and following Frank's surrender and subsequent acquittal for murder in 1883, they remained together until his death in 1915.

    Ann Ralston James lived out the rest of her days on the James family farm, before passing away in 1944, and the couple's ashes were buried together at Hill Park Cemetery in Jackson County, Missouri.

    The letter

    The letter, dated July 7, 1883, was written by James to his wife whilst he was in jail in Gallatin, Missouri.

    James was awaiting trial for murder and robbery of the Rock Island Line train at Winston, Missouri, in which the train engineer William Westfall and a passenger Frank McMillan were killed.

    Having spent a year in custody, James' trial began on August 20, and lasted just three days, before the jury returned a resounding verdict of 'not guilty'.

    The tender love letter reveals James to be both highly romantic and highly literate.

    Although he lived much of his life as a violent outlaw, he had been raised as a preacher's son surrounded by books, and during his youth developed a love for the works of Shakespeare.

    James was said to always carry a book in his saddle bag, even when he was on the run from the law, and he shared this passion for literature with Ann throughout their 40-year marriage.

    Here's the text in full:

    My dear wife,

    Your dear letter of the 1st was handed to me not exceeding an hour ago. It arrived here on the third, at least it is as marked. Now I sent foreword .. in this manner. There are very few men in this world that care anything for their wives, that they naturally suppose that all men are alike.

    How badly they are deceived. If there is anything on this earth that is half as dear to me as my wife I have failed to find it. You are everything to me and the only living human being that has ever possessed my whole love, my entire confidence, the only one that ever will and I feel as that love and confidence will never be abused.

    I have lived as I think to see all my fondest hopes realised. Long years ago I hoped and prayed that god would give me a true woman for my wife and i feel as if he has done so and anyone who has had a chance for happiness in this belief is more fortunate than the possessor of a thousand worlds.

    I am trying to pass the time reading and writing - I regret that I am deprived of your beauty and I am writing to suffer that I have no visitors as told you in last.

    Enclosed I send you an editorial from the trenchant pen of Rob M Yast that I think a grand effort.

    I suppose you remember the circumstances of Jarvis shooting Englehart. Yast talks of love and forgiveness & Jarvis has shown that he possessed both - as also has Yast. He’s shown himself to be a true friend of me and mine.

    Yast seems a man of most liberal whims. I dare say nine out of every ten would say that they would not forgive Jarvis for what he has done. Yet if it is the means of reclaiming the human I don't think he will ever regret it.

    Regarding mamma, this may not be interesting to you but it has been to me. I had a letter from ma today, she feels disappointed as you did not visit...

    I supposed it was useless to ask you again so will end further requests. I also had one further service. she also sends her kindness in regards to you and asked why you did not write. Please write her and let her know I will write Monday again.

    When you write, write me care of Sherriff - I don’t think he will read them.

    He has not opened any of my letters for a long time and if he should that would be better than not to get them so long after they’re written. I will kiss you both good night - write often your loving Ben/ f**k it is raining hard at this time.

    James autographs the letter as 'Ben', a protective alias that he used when writing to his loved ones.

    The single page letter, with text on both sides, measures 203 by 126mm, with fold creases and bleeding of ink in some sections.

    A remarkable piece of history, which offers a personal insight into one of the Old West's most legendary figures.

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    Queen signed self-titled album

    £8,950.00

    • A signed copy of Queen’s self-titled 1973 debut album 

    Queen, formed in London in 1970, are one of the most unique acts in rock history.. Led by flamboyant singer Freddie Mercury, one of the era’s most charismatic front men, their brand of bombastic, operatic rock proved hugely successful. Their career was cut short by Mercury’s death from complications caused by AIDS in 1991.  

    A copy of Queen’s 1973 self-titled debut album, bearing signatures from all four original members of the band (Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon). Housed in a 19 x 32 inch frame that also displays a black and white photograph. Rare and sought after.  

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    Lewis Carroll Pair of Handwritten Letters

    £8,950.00

    • A pair of handwritten letters by one of the most influential writers of the 19th century.
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    Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), known more commonly by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was a renowned English writer, mathematician and photographer.

    As Carroll he wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), its sequel Through the Looking-Glass (1871), and the epic poem The Hunting of the Snark (1876), all of which are classic examples of the literary nonsense genre.

    To date his works have sold millions of copies around the world, and have inspired countless adaptations on the stage and screen.

    Dodgson was also a highly skilled amateur photographer, who took up the new art form during the 1850s and established his own studio, creating an estimated 3,000 photographs during his life.

    In January 1877 Dodgson began a correspondence with Edward T. Draper, an agent for the Royal Marines and a fellow amateur photographer.

    Draper sent Dodgson several photographs, including some of his 13-year-old daughter Dolly, telling him she was a fan of his books.

    Dodgson then wrote in return to Dolly Draper, and struck up a friendship with the family.

    These two handwritten letters are part of that correspondence.

    Dodgson's first letter, dated February 5, 1877, included a photograph of himself and poked fun at his famous 'alter ego' of Lewis Carroll:

    "Here is the portrait of the man I told you about. He is no relation of mine (but I have known him all my life)—at least, if he is a relation, I don’t know what sort of relation you would call him—He is about the same age as I am, but he certainly isn’t my brother, nor any kind of cousin."

    The four-page letter is written across two adjoining sheets, and measures 3.25 x 5.25". In fine condition, with a rusty paperclip mark on the top of the front page.

    In the second letter, dated April 12, 1877, Dodgson mentions sending Draper and her family copies of his most famous books, and also includes a piece of nonsense wordplay typical of his work:

    "I think the only way to prevent you all forgetting me again…is to send each a copy of some one of my 3 books…I’ll tell you what I was thinking of sending…—For Jessie, Alice’s Adventures…for Roger, the Snark…& for you, the Looking-glass…

    "With these helps, you may perhaps remember me for a while, but it will give a far better chance if you would put me in among your Modern History dates…—And then if even Roger says ‘Why, I don’t believe you care a fig for Mr. Dodgson,’ you can say ‘Ah, but I care a date for him!’"

    The three page letter is written on two adjoining sheets, measuring 4.5 x 7", and is in fine condition. Dodgson's signature at the bottom of the letter has been clipped, and replaced with a facsimile.

    Both letters are written in Dodgson's trademark violet ink, an unusual colour which he used for the majority of his correspondence throughout his life.

    Additionally, the second letter is contained in its original folder from Walter Benjamin Autographs, the renowned US autograph dealership established in 1887.

    Benjamin is recognized as playing a significant role is the development of the autograph collecting hobby in the late 19th and early 20th century, and the company continued to trade for 121 years.

    Later typed copies of both the letters are also included.

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    Neil Armstrong autograph with photographic provenance

    £8,950.00

    • A Neil Armstrong autograph with exceptional photographic provenance 

    In 1969, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the Moon. 

    He was awarded a Congressional Space Medal of Honor for his efforts and has been decorated by 17 countries in total. Shortly after Apollo 11, Armstrong announced that he would not be flying into space again.

    For one year he served as Deputy Associate Administrator for Aeronautics, NASA Headquarters and then went on to teach at the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati between 1971 and 1979. From 1982 until 1992 he was chairman of Computing Technologies for Aviation Inc.

    This is a C.R. Gibson company Autograph book measuring 6 inches x 4½ inches.

    The book contains various autographs including those of George Foster (baseball), Charley Pride (musician), Foster Brooks (comedian), Gerald Ford (President), Glen Campbell (musician), Pat Boone (musician), Bob Griese (football), Bob Hope (comedian).

    All the signatures were obtained at the annual 'Bogie Busters' golf tournament, which was held to raise funds for charity.

    In addition there is a Jim Irwin signature with handwritten annotation "To Ed, His love from the Moon, Jim Irwin, Apollo 15 (plus moon drawing), 21 Nov 1980".

    The Neil Armstrong autograph is clearly signed and occupies a single page within the autograph book. It is accompanied by an original colour photograph of a smiling Neil Armstrong at the golf event, alongside the recipient of the autograph.

    A very rare signature, uniquely documented by the accompanying photograph. Sold with a letter of provenance from the recipient of the autograph.

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    Sex Pistols signed Pretty Vacant single advert

    £8,500.00

    • A Pretty Vacant single advert from a 1977 edition of the New Musical Express (NME) signed by the Sex Pistols
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    The Sex Pistols formed in London in 1975 and originally featured Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock. Sid Vicious replaced Matlock in 1977. Their hugely influential debut album (Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols) set the tone for the punk explosion.

    In spite of their success, the Sex Pistols broke up lss than a year later, following a disastrous US tour. Later that year, bassist Sid Vicious was arrested in New York for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. He died of a heroin overdose in 1979.  

    This 10 x 6 inch full page advert for the Sex Pistols’ single Pretty Vacant is from a July 9, 1977 edition of the New Musical Express (NME). The full band has signed (Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Sid Vicious).

    The Sex Pistols only existed in their classic line-up for less than a year, making complete sets of signatures profoundly rare. This example could only have been signed in a seven month window between July 1977 and January 1978, when the band broke up. Cook has inscribed the page “At Virgin”, suggesting it may have been signed at the record label’s offices./

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    Admiral Nelson signed letter

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    • Half a letter from Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson to Captain William G Rutherford, commander of HMS Swiftsure
    • Signed in June 1805, just over five months before Nelson’s death at the Battle of Trafalgar
    • Written amidst the British pursuit of the French fleet to the Caribbean 
    • Find out more about this fascinating letter here 

    Nelson (1758-1805) was a British naval officer famous for his victories against the French during the Napoleonic Wars. He was known for his superb leadership skills and somewhat unconventional strategies. Nelson was involved in battle almost constantly between 1793 until his death in 1805. During this time he lost the sight in his right eye at the Battle of Calvi in Corsica and lost his right arm at Santa Cruz in Tenerife. Admiral Lord Nelson is remembered as one of the greatest British war heroes in history. He died during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

    This is the bottom half of a letter Admiral Nelson sent to Captain William G Rutherford (commander of the HMS Swiftsure) in June 1805. That's five months before the Battle of Trafalgar. Rutherford took command of the Swiftsure in May 1805, after Nelson appointed him to the position during the blockade of Toulon.

    The British blockaded the port, intending to draw out the French fleet. But the French, under Admiral Villeneuve, gave the British the slip and escaped through the Strait of Gibraltar – heading west to the Caribbean.

    Nelson took several ships (including the Swiftsure) and set off in hot pursuit. On June 4, 1805, the British fleet arrived into Barbados. Nelson had received word from the governor of St Lucia that the French had gone to Trinidad and Tobago. He picked up troops from Barbados, intending to smash the French. But on June 9 he learned the information was incorrect. The French fleet had actually gone north to Martinique. There they'd captured a strategic sea fort (Diamond Rock) and headed home.

    Dejected, Nelson ordered the fleet to return to Europe. They dropped the extra troops at Antigua on June 13.

    But this 6.5 x 8 inch letter dates to June 4-9, when Nelson still believes he's on the tail of the French fleet. He orders Rutherford to give troops the full complement of food and provisions, to steel them for the battle ahead.

    The letter is likely written by a secretary and reads: “…any distinction in victualling them would under the present circumstances be in my opinion very improper, it is my intention as we may soon be in Battle with the Enemy and the stay of the troops on board cannot be many days, that they shall be victualled the same as the respective ships companies.

    “It is therefore my direction that you cause the troops who may be embarked from Barbadoes onboard his majesty’s ship under your command to be victualled at full allowance of all species of provisions the same as your ships company during their continuance on board.”

    Below Napoleon signs “Nelson & Bronte”.

    Spanish King Ferdinand III appointed Nelson First Duke of Bronte in 1799, in thanks for his help in subduing a rebellion in Naples. Nelson was proud of his new title and incorporated it into his signature. He tried out a few different ways of writing it (including "Bronte Nelson of the Nile”) before settling on the current form. He changed his autograph often throughout his life. This is the last variant he used.

    The present example is clear and fine. Its connection to a key moment in British naval history provides enhanced appeal.

    The flight of Admiral Villeneuve was the last major naval action before the Battle of Trafalgar. After arriving back to the UK in August, Nelson was hailed the saviour of the British colonies in the Caribbean.

    On September 2, he was told the French and Spanish had combined fleets at Cadiz. So began the Battle of Trafalgar.

    The Swiftsure would play a decisive role at Trafalgar, taking on four French ships and dealing the final blow to the Achille. After the battle it attempted to tow the Redoubtable, the French ship from whence Nelson’s fatal shot came, but cut it free when it started to sink.

    Rutherford was a fascinating character and the only American-born commander at Trafalgar.

    Born in North Carolina to loyalist parents, who fled to the Caribbean at the outbreak of the American Revolution, he rose quickly through the ranks of the British Navy – taking his first command post in 1794.

    Nelson’s signature is in high demand, with letters relating to his naval career particularly sought after. This is a particularly important specimen, directly connected with the last manoeuvres before the Battle of Trafalgar.   

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    Jimi Hendrix Experience signed promo card

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    • A rare promotional card for Are You Experienced signed by Jimi Hendrix and Noel Redding  

    Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) is one of the most important musicians of the 20th century, regarded by many as the greatest guitarist of all time. 

    Described by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music", Hendrix's music continues to influence generations of musicians almost 50 years after it was recorded. 

    He became one of the most famous figures of the 1960s counterculture movement, and his performance of The Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock remains one of the most defining moments in American pop culture history. 

    In addition to his skills as a musician and songwriter, Hendrix also became known for his colourful style, which perfectly captured the flamboyant spirit and energy of the late 1960s. 

    Today Jimi Hendrix memorabilia is amongst the most sought-after by music fans and collectors around the world, with his instruments, clothing and signed artifacts regularly selling for huge sums at auction. 

    This fine promotional card bears signatures from two members of the Jimi Hendrix Experience; bassist Noel Redding and Jimi Hendrix himself.  

    Signatures from the band are rare. They were together for less than three years between 1966 and 1969, before splitting acrimoniously. During hat time, they released three of the most influential albums in rock history.  

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    James Dean Signed Yearbook Page

    £7,950.00

    • James Dean's yearbook from Fairmount High School, 1949
    • Rare signing of "Jim" by the soon-to-be screen star
    • Brilliant caption, naming Dean as "our regular basketball guy"
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    James Dean (1931-1955) was an American actor, who has gone on to become a cultural icon - the ultimate Rebel Without a Cause. Due to his death at an early age, his memorabilia is incredibly rare and valuable, giving rise to the term "The James Dean Effect".

    This is a superb single page from the Fairmount High school yearbook, 1949, measuring approximately 10.4” x 7.7”. featuring photo portraits of 10 of that year's graduating students, including James Byron Dean (1931-1955).

    Signed in pencil underneath his portrait "Jim Dean". Instances of Dean's autograph where he has signed "Jim" instead of "James" are extremely rare. An early autograph from the iconic film star.

    Below his photograph, Dean is described as "our regular basketball guy, and when you're around him - time will fly". The right-hand page edge has some loss where it has been carelessly removed from the book, with some minor loss to the edge of Dean's portrait.

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    Marilyn Monroe Autographed Magazine Cut-Out

    £7,500.00

    • Magazine cut out signed by Marilyn Monroe during filming for The Asphalt Jungle (1950) - one of her earliest roles 
    • A rare autograph from the beginning of her career 

    Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) needs little introduction. An actress, model and entertainer, she is perhaps the most recognisable of all screen icons.

    As such, her memorabilia is highly sought after, and continues to be widely collected across the world.

    This magazine cut-out, 3.75" x 2.25", features an early autograph from Marilyn Monroe. 

    The star signs in black pen below a black and white photograph taken on the set of The Asphalt Jungle. 

    She was a total unknown when the movie was made, but within three years she'd be a star. Few autographs exist from her early years and collectors are quick to snatch them up when they appear.

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  • The Doors complete set of signatures
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    The Doors complete set of signatures

    £7,000.00

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    The Doors, fronted by charismatic singer Jim Morrison, defined the psychedelic California sound of the 1960s. After Morrison’s death in 1971, at the age of 27, the band continued on before disbanding in 1973.

    Three papers bearing signatures from all four members of The Doors, framed and mounted next to a copy of the band’s self-titled 1967 album. Signatures from Jim Morrison in particular are rare due to his early death. A quality display piece with great character. Frame measures 26 x 30 inches. 

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  • George Harrison signed cheque made out to Ginger Baker
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    George Harrison signed cheque made out to Ginger Baker

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    • A George Harrison signed cheque dated 1972 and made out to legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker

    George Harrison (1943-2001) was lead guitarist in The Beatles. He began playing with John Lennon and Paul McCartney while they were still in The Quarrymen. Harrison contributed much to the Beatle's signature sound. His fascination with Indian mysticism led the band to adopt sounds and ideas from the subcontinent. Following the Beatles’ split in 1970, he enjoyed a successful solo career.  

    A National Westminster Bank cheque dated “10th Feb, 1972”. The sum is £37.32, around £500 in today’s money.  Bearing a  superb signature from Harrison in blue pen.

    Harrison and Baker ran in the same circles and worked together at various times throughout their careers.  

    The piece is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from renowned Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo describing it as "one of the best examples of a George Harrison check in existence".

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    Neil Armstrong autographed dinner menu

    £6,950.00

    • A menu Neil Armstrong signed at a restaurant in Tralee, Ireland in 1997
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    In 1969, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the Moon. 

    He was awarded a Congressional Space Medal of Honor for his efforts and has been decorated by 17 countries in total. Shortly after Apollo 11, Armstrong announced that he would not be flying into space again.

    For one year he served as Deputy Associate Administrator for Aeronautics, NASA Headquarters and then went on to teach at the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati between 1971 and 1979. From 1982 until 1992 he was chairman of Computing Technologies for Aviation Inc.

    A large dinner menu measuring approximately 8" x 12" for 'Larkins Restaurant' Tralee, Ireland neatly signed by Neil Armstrong in black pen.

    Armstrong and his wife Carol were guests of honour at the dinner during their visit to Ireland on 19th April 1997, during which they opened an exhibition on Space Exploration at the Kerry Museum in Tralee.

    The dinner was hosted by Dick Spring, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of Ireland at the time.

    The menu is accompanied by a letter of provenance from Ann Golden, the wife of Seamus Chamberlain the Irish representative to the European Space Agency at the time. It's in fine condition and signed during a time when Armstrong was famed for his refusal to sign autographs.

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  • Mahatma Gandhi twice-signed autograph
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    Mahatma Gandhi twice-signed autograph

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    • A bold signature from Mahatma Gandhi in black fountain pen dated April 4, 1947
    • Gandhi signs twice: once in Hindi and again in English

    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) is celebrated as the father of modern India. Gandhi trained as a lawyer in London. On a posting to South Africa he experienced intense racism. He pushed back. On returning to India in 1915 he became a leader in the Indian nationalist movement. Gandhi insisted on non-violent means to effect change. Over time his influence among ordinary Indians grew.

    He renounced all worldly possessions, wearing only a simple cotton dhoti (loincloth). The British did all they could to destroy his influence. He spent years in prison. Finally on August 15, 1947, after almost 300 years of colonial control, India declared independence. Gandhi did not live to see the first free elections. A Hindu nationalist assassinated him as he walked to a prayer meeting in New Delhi in January 1948. Gandhi remains a figurehead for independence movements the world over.

    Gandhi signs on this 6.5 x 4 inch sheet on April 27, 1947 – just over four months before India’s Independence Day and 10 months before his death. At the time of signing he and other members of the Indian National Congress were in talks with the British over partition.

    Gandhi was deeply opposed to splitting the sub-continent along religious lines. However, with tensions rising between Hindus and Muslims, he was outvoted. 

    The page bears two signatures from Gandhi. One is in Hindi. The other, below, is in English: “M.K. Gandhi.”

    Gandhi’s signature is scarce and increasingly in-demand.

    This is a rare chance to own two in one.

    The piece comes affixed to a paper backing. The condition is excellent.

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    John F Kennedy signed campaign brochure

    £5,000.00

    • A superb quality JFK signed 1960 campaign brochure

    John F. Kennedy was the President of the United States of America from 1961 until 1963 when he was tragically assassinated in Dallas, Texas. A charismatic leader, he is one of the most beloved presidents in US history, and his memorabilia is among the best selling of any former president. 

    This is an original 3.5 x 9 inch campaign brochure for John F Kennedy’s 1960 presidential run. Kennedy signed in pencil to the left of his portrait during a campaign stop in Durango, Colorado. 

    A charismatic period piece that captures the optimism of the JFK years. 

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    Queen signed photo

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    Queen, formed in London in 1970, are one of the most unique acts in rock history.. Led by flamboyant singer Freddie Mercury, one of the era’s most charismatic front men, their brand of bombastic, operatic rock proved hugely successful. Their career was cut short by Mercury’s death from complications caused by AIDS in 1991. 

    An 8 x 10 inch photograph of Queen in concert signed by all four members of the band (Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon). Housed in a 16 x 14 inch frame. Rare. 

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    Che Guevara signed certificate

    £4,950.00

    • A document featuring the autograph of Che Guevara - one of the most significant political figures of the 20th century

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    Ernesto 'Che' Guevara (1928-1967) was a writer, guerrilla leader and Marxist revolutionary, who played a major role in the Cuban Revolution.

    In 1959 Guevara and Fidel Castro led a group of insurgents to overthrow the government of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, and established Cuba as a Communist state. 

    This 'Honourable Mention' certificate was presented to worker Hiram Peres de Alejo in March 1962 for his "endeavour in the increase of production".

    Under the new Communist regime, Guevara had abolished all pay raises, and so Cuban workers were encouraged with moral, rather than material incentives.

    These included a system of diplomas, medals, certificates, honourable mentions in factory bulletins, and public ceremonies.

    The certificate bears Guevara's iconic, instantly recognisable autograph, which reads simply "Che", along with an embossed official government seal.

    The document measures 27.8 x 35.3cm, with several separations repaired on the reverse, and slight creasing and toning. These do not affect Guevara's signature.

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      Nelson Mandela signed photograph

      £4,950.00

      • A Nelson Mandela autograph on photo, taken during his historic first state visit to Britain in 1996 

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      Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) was a South African politician, anti-apartheid revolutionary and philanthropist, who spent his life battling racial injustice.

      He spent 27 years in prison for fighting apartheid and opposing the South African government, and was initially labelled a terrorist by some Western governments.

      Mandela was finally released from jail in 1990 and helped negotiate the end of apartheid, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1993 along with President F. W. de Klerk.

      In 1994 he was then elected President in the country's first multiracial general election, and served as the head of state until 1999.

      This colour photograph depicts Mandela giving his historic speech to Parliament on July 11, 1996.

      The photograph also features Lord MacKay of Clashfern (the Lord Chancellor), and Betty Boothroyd  (Speaker of the House of Commons), both of whom also gave speeches that day.

      The photograph is signed boldly by all three in black ink. Mandela has also dated his autograph "10.4.99".

      The photograph is framed and glazed, and measures 24.5 x 34cm.

      During his four-day visit to the UK Mandela stayed at Buckingham Palace as a guest of Queen Elizabeth II; hosted a music concert at the Royal Albert Hall to raise funds for South African children's charities; visited Brixton, the heart of London's black community; and gave an impassioned speech to Parliament.

      According to reports, members of Parliament brought their families along with them to witness the speech inside a packed Westminster Hall.

      He was introduced on stage by Betty Boothroyd, Speaker of the House of Commons, who stated:

      "You spent more than a third of your life in prison, though your spirit was freer there than those of your captors outside."

      Mandela's speech mentioned the often fraught relationship between Britain and South Africa over the past two centuries; the struggle to rebuild his country and unify its people; and the continuing fight against racism around the world.

      He stated:"Racism is a blight on the human conscience.

      "The idea that any people can be inferior to another, to the point where those who consider themselves superior define and treat the rest as sub-human, denies the humanity even of those who elevate themselves to the status of gods."

      This exceptional signed photo is a wonderful tribute to one of the most universally admired figures in history.  

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      Leon Trotsky Autographed Letter

      £4,950.00


      • Typewritten letter from Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky showing a superb example of his autograph
      • Contains references to some of the most important people and events in his life
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      Leon Trotsky was a Russian marxist revolutionary and theorist, who played an instrumental role in the 1917 revolution and servied as the founder and commander of the Red Army. However, he soon came to oppose Joseph Stalin's policies during the 1920s and was later exiled to Mexico, where he was assassinated on Stalin's orders.

      His memorabilia is of great historical importance and, with the rise of Russia's middle-class, is becoming highly sought after as more collectors join the market. Those pieces that are not already housed in institional collections are quickly snapped up by private collectors.

      This one page typed letter is written in French and signed by Trotsky. Measuring 7¼ x 11" and dated May 6, 1939, Trotsky writes to his lawyer, Gerard Rosenthal:

      "We have received with delay the new copy of the letter of Jeanne Molinier concerning the documents and things left by Leon, the first copy of which had been burned on the 'Paris'

      "All the precautionary measures will naturally be taken to ensure that the handing over of the documents be protected from possible attacks"

      The Paris is an ocean liner that caught fire in April 1939. Leon was Trotsky's son (and husband of Jeanne Molinier) who died in a Paris hospital in 1938 following an unsuccessful appendectomy, some say as a result of Stalin's orders.

      At the centre of the family conflict were bundles of documents belonging to Trotsky that were in Molinier's possession. The majority of these survived, and are now held in three major collections at Harvard University, Amsterdam's International Institute for Social History and Stanford University.

      This letter serves as a who's who in Trotksy's life while in exile in Mexico. Rosenthal was his attorney and agent in Paris as well as a member of the French Bolshevik-Leninist movement.

      An intriguing piece of correspondence which carries with it all of the mystery and intrigue of Stalinist Russia.

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      • Fantastic handwritten and autographed letter from leading Impressionist painter Pierre-August Renoir
      • Addressed to Madame Marguerite Charpentier, the subject of one of his most famous works
      • In excellent condition, with only light toning and folds
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      Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was a French artist and leading painter in the development of Impressionism. Today, he is considered among the finest Impressionists and his work continues to sell for outstanding sums at auction.

      Renoir began work as a painter in a porcelain factory in 1854. In 1862, he entered the studio of Gleyre where he formed lasting friendships with Monet, Sisley and Bazille.

      Renoir's art has instant appeal, and the artist freely communicated the joy he took in them. He was once quoted as saying, "Why shouldn't art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world."

      This superb letter was sent from Pierre-Auguste Renoir to Madame Marguerite Charpentier (who is portrayed in Renoir's "Madame Charpentier with Her Children" in 1886. Written in French, it translates as:

      "The Petit exposition having ended, there remains only for me to thank you...As I hear you are not in Paris, won't you please drop a word to Petit so that he might know if he should bring your paintings or hold it until your return. I am in Brittany in a wonderful place and I am working. A thousand good wishes to Georges and kisses to the children. Your good and sincere friend. Renoir."

      This letter reflects an important time in Renoir's career. Madame Charpentier, who was married to publisher George Charpentier (whose stable of authors included Gustave Flaubert, Emile Zola and the Goncourt brothers), was said to have been extremely pleased with Renoir's painting of her and her children, and used her profound influence among France's creative elite to ensure that it was hung in a prominent spot of the 1879 Salon exhibition.

      She also introduced Renoir to several of her influential friends, which led to major commissions for the artist and helped boost his career. The letter sees Renoir once again thanking Madame Charpentier for her patronage.

      "Petit" is a reference to Georges Petit, an extremely influential Parisian art dealer, who was hugely important in the promotion of Impressionist artists, frequently exhibiting their works in his gallery.

      A review of auction results shows that no other letters from Renoir to his benefactor, Madame Charpentier, have been up for sale in at least 40 years.

      The letter, which is in excellent condition, with some light toning and folding as is typical of documents of this age, is accompanied by a beautiful black and white photograph of Renoir.

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    • Winston Churchill Signed Document
      • A document signed by one of the most significant world leaders in 20th century history

      Winston Churchill (1874 –1965) was a politician and statesman who twice served as British Prime Minister, and is regarded as one of the most influential people in British history.

      Churchill led Britain to victory against Nazi Germany during WWII, with his regular speeches and broadcasts inspiring resistance against Adolf Hitler during the darkest days of the conflict.

      In 1963 he became the first person to be declared an honorary citizen of the United States, and following his death in 1965 he was granted a state funeral by Queen Elizabeth II to mark his service to the nation.

      In addition to his political career, Churchill was a renowned writer and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953.

      He was also an accomplished painter, and his paintings remain highly sought-after by collectors today.

      This document relates to the naturalization of a Russian immigrant and his family prior to WWI.

      Certificates of Naturalization could be issued to any 'alien' who had lived in Britain for more than five years.

      These applications were then signed off personally by the Secretary of State for the Home Office, a role to which Churchill was promoted in 1910.

      At just 35 years old, he was the second-youngest politician in British history to ever hold the position.

      The two-page document is dated September 16, 1911, and bears Churchill's signature on the second page.

      The document includes pencil annotations in the top right corners of both sheets, and has minor soiling.

      Also included is a collection of 15 original wartime press photographs featuring Winston Churchill on several occasions.

      The black and white photographs come in different sizes, and feature their original press captions pasted onto the rear.

      A superb collection of items relating to the 20th century's 'Greatest Briton'.

    • William Wordsworth Autographed Poetry Quotation
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      William Wordsworth Autographed Poetry Quotation

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      • A handwritten poetry inscription signed by one of history's most celebrated poets
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      William Wordsworth (1770-1850) is one of history's most famous poets, and was a founder of the Romantic Age in English literature.

      In 1798 Wordsworth and his close friend, poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, published their volume 'Lyrical Ballads', which inspired a generation of Romantic writers including John Keats, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley and William Blake.

      Wordsworth served as Britain's Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death in 1850, and is most renowned for 'Daffodils', one of the world's best loved poems, which begins with the line "I wandered lonely as a cloud..."

      In this handwritten note, Wordsworth has inscribed four lines from the poem 'Old Age' by the 17th century poet and politician Edmund Waller:
      "The soul's dark cottage, batter'd and decay'd,
      Lets in new light through chinks that Time hath made:
      Stronger by weakness, wiser men become
      As they draw near to their eternal home."

      The note is signed "Wm Wordsworth", and is dated "6 July, 1839".

      It also bears the address of Wordsworth's Lake District home Rydal Mount, where he lived from 1813 until his death in 1850, and which today remains a public museum dedicated to his life and work.

      The page measures 17 x 20.3 cm (approx. 6.7" x 7.9"), and features a small tear to the upper left portion, along with two horizontal fold creases.

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    • Napoleon Bonaparte signed letter
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      • A signed Napoleon Bonaparte letter with superb content

      Napoleon is one of history's most iconic figures. As emperor of France, his actions shaped Europe in the early 19th century. Following a successful coup d'etat in 1799, Napoleon went on to conquer much of Western and North Eastern Europe.

      Defeat in Russia and at the Battle of Waterloo has diminished the stature of his achievements. However, Napoleon was key in establishing a legal framework used across much of Europe, based on Meritocracy, and his military strategy is still widely studied across the world.

      When the Duke of Wellington was asked to name the greatest general of the day, he answered: "In this age, in past ages, in any age, Napoleon."

      A rare letter from Napoleon to his stepson Eugene de Beuharnais, dated January 19, 1806 - five days after Eugene’s marriage to Princess Augusta of Bavaria.

      Displayed in a black backing with portraits of the two men. 

      Napoleon is clearly delighted on Eugene's behalf. The letter reads (probably in a secretarial hand): “I arrived at Stuttgart yesterday evening at six, I will stay here today and leave tomorrow. I am sending you a Moniteur [Le Moniteur Universel – a Parisian newspaper] where you will see news about yourself.

      “Two kisses to Princess Augusta, one for me, the other for the Empress [Josephine – Eugene’s mother and Napoleon’s wife].”

      Napoleon signs “Napole”, a rare shortened variant of his signature. 

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      Frank Sinatra Signed Set List

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      • A signed set list from the concert Sinatra called "his finest hour"

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      Frank Sinatra (1915 – 1998) was one of the most iconic and influential performers of the 20th century.

      Known to his fans as 'Ol' Blue Eyes', or simply ' The Voice', Sinatra has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, making him amongst the biggest recording artists in music history.

      He was also a renowned screen actor, winning an Academy Award for his role in From Here to Eternity, and starring in critically-acclaimed films such as The Man with the Golden Arm, The Manchurian Candidate and Guys and Dolls.

      Sinatra was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1985, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997.

      In May 1970, Frank Sinatra returned to England for his first live appearances in eight years, backed by Count Basie and his Orchestra.

      He performed two sold-out midnight shows at the Royal Festival Hall in London, in aid of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

      In attendance were Princess Margaret, president of the charity, along with stars such as Peter Sellers, Michael Caine, Richard Attenborough and the cream of London society.

      Those who witnessed the shows described them as a landmark moment in Sinatra's career – a view shared by Ol' Blue Eyes himself.

      He later said in a radio interview that he felt the performances were "his finest hour", and was evidently frustrated that they had not been professionally recorded.

      According to legend, Sinatra was so desperate for a copy of his performance that night that he personally wrote to the British Sinatra Music Society, asking if anyone had illegally recorded it.

      He was apparently in luck, and one member of the society sent him a bootleg tape, receiving a gift from Sinatra in return as thanks.

      The typed set-list lists the many classic songs Sinatra performed during the shows, such as 'Fly Me to the Moon', 'The Lady Is a Tramp', 'That's Life' and 'I've Got You Under my Skin', along with his show-stopping encore of 'My Way'.

      The single-page list measures 8 x 10", and bears Sinatra's clear autograph in black ballpoint.

      The set-list is accompanied by a letter related to the concerts, dated April 13, 1970, and the original mailing envelope.

      A rare signed set-list from one of Frank Sinatra's greatest-ever live performances. 

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    • Marilyn Monroe Autographed Cheque
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      • A Marilyn Monroe autographed cheque, featuring a fantastic example of her signature
      • Signed as president of Marilyn Monroe productions
      • Framed and accompanied by a glossy colour photograph of Monroe
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      Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) needs little introduction. An actress, model and entertainer, she is perhaps the most recognisable of all screen icons.

      As such, her memorabilia is highly sought after, and continues to be widely collected across the world.

      This fantastic piece is a bank cheque, measuring 8¼" x 3", which is signed in blue ballpoint pen by the lady herself as the president of Marilyn Monroe Productions. The cheque is payable to Sutton Wines & Liquors Inc for a sum of $8.81, dated September 15, 1957.

      At this time, Marilyn Monroe Productions had just released The Prince and the Showgirl, for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination. 

      The item is matted and framed with a beautiful glossy colour photo of Monroe and a small sequined lip pin. The overall size of the piece, including the frame, is 13¼" x 19". 

      This piece is in very good condition and is a wonderful item of Monroe memorabilia.

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      • Autographs from all 11 England players who starred in the 1966 World Cup Final
      • The attractive signatures feature on a November 1966 Royal Variety Performance programme
      • Additionally signed by team manager Alf Ramsey and reserve England players Callaghan, Clarke, Hollins, Tambling and Labone
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      England beat West Germany 4-2 in the final of the World Cup on July 30, 1966. To date it is England's only World Cup triumph. 

      A Royal Variety Performance programme from November 14, 1966, signed by the England football team who were invited on stage at the London Palladium during the evening’s performance.

      The team were gathered together as they were to play Wales in a home international game on November 16. The starting line up for the Wales match was the same as that for the 1966 World Cup Final between England and Germany earlier that year.

      The 29 x 21 cm programme is signed by all 11 England players who played in the World Cup Final. It is also signed by England manager Alf Ramsey and his assistant Harold Shepherdson, as well as reserves Callaghan, Clarke, Hollins, Tambling and Labone. 

      John Cushley, who at that time played for Celtic, has also signed the menu. Additional signatures include actress Julia Foster and TV presenter Muriel Young.

      A rare set of autographs that is impossible to recreate today as three of the 1966 team have passed away.

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