Arrow Fat Left Icon Arrow Fat Right Icon Arrow Right Icon Cart Icon Close Circle Icon Expand Arrows Icon Facebook Icon Pinterest Icon Twitter Icon Youtube Icon Hamburger Icon Information Icon Down Arrow Icon Mail Icon Mini Cart Icon Person Icon Ruler Icon Search Icon Shirt Icon Triangle Icon Bag Icon Play Video

Autographs

Browse our selection of rare autographs for sale
  • Edward VIII Wallis Simpson signed photo
    Sold out
    v

    Paul Fraser Collectibles

    Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson signed photograph

    £995.00

    Sold out
    • An excellent 1941-signed 8 x 10 inch photograph of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor
    • Accompanied with superb provenance

    In 1934, Prince Edward was next in line to the throne of the British Isles. He had no patience for the arcane rules of court life and embarked on a romantic relationship with twice-divorced American socialite Wallis Simpson. Her status was a huge problem for the staunchly traditional royal family.

    When Edward became king of the United Kingdom in January 1936, he made it clear he planned to marry Wallis. When he was told this was impossible, he abdicated in December of that year. The couple lived out the rest of their lives in a whirl of parties and foreign travel.

    Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, Duke and Duchess of Windsor, have signed at the bottom of this large black and white photograph. It’s dated 1941, when the couple were installed in Nassau in the Bahamas. Edward was assigned the position of governor on the island during the second world war. 

    This is a stunning autograph from two complex and intriguing historical figures, whose relationship has been the subject of endless speculation.

    The piece is accompanied by an impressive collection of provenance, including the original letter from the Windsors' secretary to the recipient of the photograph and a certificate of authenticity from LA auction house Profiles in History – which handled the original sale.

    Free global delivery. 28-day returns.

  • EH Shepard Autographed Drawing
    v

    Paul fraser collectibles

    EH Shepard Autographed Drawing for Punch Magazine

    £5,950.00

    • Satirical illustration from EH Shepard for 1936 edition of Punch magazine
    • Original artwork signed by the Winnie the Pooh artist
    • Originates from the Shepard family's own holding
    • Discover more about this item here 

    Ernest Howard "EH" Shepard (1879-1976) was a popular cartoonist, perhaps most famous for his illustrations of Winnie the Pooh in the famous books by A.A. Milne. He is also known for bringing to life the characters in Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows.

    Shepard worked as a cartoonist for Punch magazine from 1921 until 1953, and his work is often thought of as somewhat gentle and uplifting. Fellow cartoonist John Jenson once said "Shepard moved from strength to strength, increasingly able to impose his quiet humour on otherwise grim and humourless topics."

    This original, signed drawing measures 8¼" x 7¾" and is mounted to an overall size of 15" x 15".

    The detailed drawing shows Mr Punch standing is his living room which is adorned with Christmas holly. Mr Punch is holding a copy of a newspaper whose headline reads "COAL DISPUTE" and looking at Toby the dog who is holding an empty scuttle and pointing to the small amount of coal on the fire.

    EH Shepard has autographed the original drawing in the bottom left hand corner.

    The drawing is a reference to the dispute that resulted from the Coal Mines Reorganisation Commission's proposal to regulate the production and supply of coal, and merge small mines.

    Headed "VOLUME CXC", it is thought that this particular drawing was used as the front cover of the volume of Punch magazine January to June 1936.

    This rare piece comes from the Shepard family's own holding.

    Free global shipping. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included.  

     

  • Elizabeth Taylor Richard Burton love letter
    v

    Paul fraser collectibles

    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.

    Free global shipping. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 


     

  • Elvis Presley Twice-Signed Album
    v

    Paul fraser collectibles

    Elvis Presley Twice-Signed 1950s Album

    £14,950.00

    • 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.

    Free global shipping. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 

  • Fidel Castro Signed Certificate
    v

    Paul Fraser Collectibles

    Fidel Castro signed certificate

    £1,995.00

    • A certificate of recognition awarded to a Cuban social worker in 2001
    • Featuring a fine signature from Fidel Castro
    • Discover more about this incredible item here

    Fidel Castro (1926 – 2016) was a Cuban revolutionary and politician who led the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976, and then as President from 1976 to 2008.

    Castro was the architect behind the Cuban Revolution in 1959, which overturned the right-wing authoritarian government and turned the nation into a one-party socialist state.

    Castro remains one of the most divisive political figures of the 20th century, revered by many as a champion of social justice and anti-imperialism, and hated by others as a brutal dictator.

    Prior to his death in November 2016, Castro was listed on the PFC40 Autograph Index as the world's most valuable living signature, with the price of his autograph having risen 16.9% per annum since 2000.

    This certificate was awarded to a Fernando J Valdes Freenas in July 2001 and commemorates his completion of a course in social work.

    These large certificates were produced throughout Castro’s presidency to recognise the efforts of Cubans in society. This is a particularly good specimen.

    Measuring 16.5 x 11.8 inches, it features a bold example of Castro’s signature in blue felt tip pen.

    Free global shipping. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 

  • Fidel Castro Signed Certificate
    v

    Paul Fraser Collectibles

    Fidel Castro signed certificate of recognition

    £1,995.00

    • A certificate of recognition awarded to a member of Cuba’s Committee for the Defence of the Revolution (CDR) in 1982
    • Featuring a fine signature from Fidel Castro

    Fidel Castro (1926 – 2016) was a Cuban revolutionary and politician who led the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976, and then as President from 1976 to 2008.

    Castro was the architect of the 1959 Cuban Revolution, which overturned the right-wing authoritarian government and turned the nation into a one-party socialist state.

    Castro remains one of the most divisive political figures of the 20th century, revered by many as a champion of social justice and anti-imperialism, and hated by others as a brutal dictator.

    Prior to his death in November 2016, Castro was listed on the PFC40 Autograph Index as the world's most valuable living signature, with the price of his autograph having risen 16.9% per annum since 2000.

    This certificate was awarded to a Marcial L Gomez Calderius in December 1982, in recognition of his work with the Committee for the Defence of the Revolution (CDR).

    This CDR remains active today and serves as the eyes and ears of the Cuban government at ground level. Every neighbourhood has its own branch, with 75% of Cuba’s 11.2m population registered in the organisation.

    Every local resident has a file, which is regularly updated on information with their personal relationships and activities. The CDR also performs less sinister operations, including blood drives and recycling initiatives.

    This is a large and fine example of Castro’s signature, executed in blue ink. The certificate itself measures 10.8 x 8.5 inches and is in good condition. A minute tear to the bottom right does not detract.

    Free global delivery. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 

  • Fidel Castro Signed Document
    v

    Paul fraser collectibles

    Fidel Castro signed government decree

    £2,950.00

    • An official Cuban government decree signed twice by Fidel Castro 

    Fidel Castro (1926 – 2016) was a Cuban revolutionary and politician who led the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976, and then as President from 1976 to 2008.

    Castro was the architect behind the Cuban Revolution in 1959, which overturned the right-wing authoritarian government and turned the nation into a one-party socialist state.

    Castro remains one of the most divisive political figures of the 20th century, revered by many as a champion of social justice and anti-imperialism, and hated by others as a brutal dictator.

    Prior to his death in November 2016, Castro was listed on the PFC40 Autograph Index as the world's most valuable living signature, with the price of his autograph having risen 16.9% per annum since 2000.

    A rare 1959 official Cuban government decree featuring the superb autograph of Fidel Castro as Prime Minister. The document is also signed by the President of Cuba, Osvaldo Torrado, and the Minister of Communications, Enrique Oltuski. 

    The decree is dated 20 November 1959 - just 11 months after Castro seized power. 

    Castro has signed in black fountain pen above his title of "PRIMER MINISTRO". The page is enhanced by two official embossed seals under the signatures of Castro and Oltuski. 

    A second page features a second Castro autograph, in the form of his initials. Torrado and Castro have both also signed this second page. 

    The decree ended Cuba's use of an unpopular one cent postage stamp surcharge, used to fight tuberculosis in the country. 

    It is accompanied by a card bearing the photos of Fidel Castro and Cuban politician Eduardo Chibas. It reads: "Verguenza contra Dinero!/Shame against Money", and "Libertad o Muerte/Freedom or Death".  

    All documents are in fair condition. There is some tearing to both pages of the decree that does not affect the signatures.

    Free global shipping. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 

  • Frank Sinatra Signed Set list
    v

    Paul Fraser Collectibles

    Frank Sinatra Signed Set List

    £3,950.00

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

    • Read more about this piece here 

    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. 

    Free global shipping. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included.  

  • Frankie Dettori autograph
    v

    Paul Fraser Collectibles

    Frankie Dettori autograph

    £95.00

    • A Frankie Dettori autograph on hotel headed paper 

    Frankie Dettori is among the most celebrated jockeys in horseracing. His greatest moment came in 1996, when he won all seven races at Ascot on different horses – a feat known as Dettori’s "Magnificent Seven".

    A Frankie Dettori signed notepaper headed Hyatt Carlton Tower. His inscription reads: “Best Wishes/ Frankie Dettori 7”. The “7” is a reference to his 1996 "Magnificent Seven" at Ascot.

    Free global delivery. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 

  • Grandma Moses Autographed Photograph
    v

    Paul fraser collectibles

    Grandma Moses Autographed Photograph

    £995.00

    • A signed photograph of American outsider artist Grandma Moses, dated 1951 

    American painter Grandma Moses (1860-1961) was discovered by the collector Louis Caldor. At the time, Grandma Moses was bartering paintings at the Women's Exchange during the Great Depression. Otto Kallir, an art dealer, put some of her work on display at his New York gallery, Galerie Saint-Etienne. The paintings were well received and went on to exhibit in Europe and Japan.

    Grandma Moses only began painting later in life, as it was gentler on her arthritis-stricken hands than needlework. Self-taught, her art can be described as 'primitive' or folk art, disregarding strict perspective.

    This rare candid photo of Moses, 3½" x 3½", shows the artist standing outside her home. The picture is autographed on the lower border in black ink, Grandma Moses. On the reverse, the item is stamped This is a Kodacolor Print, Made by Eastman Kodak Company…Week of Sept 24, 1951.

    Some light toning and fading. The signature is in excellent condition, very clear and crisp.

    Free global delivery. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 

  • Gretna Green archive
    v

    Paul Fraser Collectibles

    Gretna Green archive

    £495.00

    • Two items connected with Gretna Green – a popular site for runaway couples
    • A postcard signed by anvil priest Richard Rennison
    • An original blank marriage certificate signed by anvil priest Peter Dickson
    • Find out more about this item here

    In 1753, the English government passed an act requiring under-21s to get parental permission to marry. No such law existed in Scotland, sending those who wished to elope north of the border. Gretna Green is the first Scottish village travellers encountered on the historic London to Edinburgh coach route. In addition, "irregular marriages” were permitted – so anyone could carry out the wedding ceremony provided two witnesses were present. As the village forge was the first building elopers came to, and the weddings were carried out by blacksmiths (for a fee), these ceremonies came to be known as “anvil weddings”. 

    This charming archive includes a postcard signed by Richard Rennison, one of the most prolific of the so-called “anvil priests”.

    Rennison has signed “Married 2362 couples, R. Rennison”.

    That puts the date for this signature around the early 1930s. By the end of his career, in 1940, Rennison had married 5,147 couples.

    Also featured is a blank marriage certificate signed by fellow “priest” Peter Dickson. A fascinating and romantic piece of British history.  

    Free global shipping. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 

  • Harry Houdini signed photograph
    v

    Paul Fraser Collectibles

    Harry Houdini signed photograph

    £3,950.00

    • A 3.2 x 5.3 inch signed photograph of escapologist Harry Houdini
    • This is one of the most iconic images of the star
    • Learn more about this item here 

    Harry Houdini (originally Erik Weisz) was a Hungarian-American magician, escapologist and master of self promotion. He started his career with traditional sleight of hand, but his execution was clumsy compared with his peers. Always fascinated with locks, he began experimenting with escapology. As his reputation for daring grew, so did his audience. He was one of the world’s most celebrated performers from 1899 to his death in 1926.

    This attractive postcard-sized photograph shows Harry Houdini in an iconic pose and festooned with locks and chains - one of his most famous tricks. 

    Houdini has signed across the centre in black ink, a large and bold autograph with enormous presence.

    There has been some fading to the photograph, almost inevitable given its advanced age, but the image remains clear. The autograph stands out clearly against the backing.

    The image dates to 1902 and it's likely Houdini would have signed it around the same time. 

    Free global delivery. 28-day returns.

  • Harry Patterson/Jack Higgins Autographed Note
    v

    Paul fraser collectibles

    Harry Patterson/Jack Higgins Autographed Note

    £750.00

    • A handwritten note from novelist Harry Patterson (aka Jack Higgins), featuring a short quote from his book The Hour Before Midnight (1969)

    Novelist Harry Patterson (1929-) is most famous under his pen name Jack Higgins. The Eagle Has Landed, his best known book, sold 10m copies worldwide and was adapted for the screen in 1976. Patterson has written over 60 novels which have been translated into over 40 languages worldwide.

    This note, 7" x 5½", is signed "Jack Higgins 16/10/70". A passage from 1969's "In the Hour Before Midnight" is quoted: "...I think he must have died during the night, but I only became aware of it in the heat of the day...". The short letter is dedicated: "To Stanley Wails with very best wishes".

    A single, light crease mark runs through the centre, but does not interfere with the reading of the text or signature. The handwritten note is marked in black ink and is in very good condition. 

    Free global shipping. 28-day no quibble returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 

  • Helena Christensen Signed Photograph
    v

    Paul fraser collectibles

    Helena Christensen Signed Photograph

    £100.00

    • A signed photograph of supermodel Helena Christensen 

    Helena Christensen (born 1968) is one of the world's most famous supermodels. 

    She has worked for established fashion houses like Chanel and Versace, and international brands Coca-Cola and Nike. She is also an accomplished photographer, exhibiting her work around the world to much acclaim.

    This autographed photo by Christensen measures 10" x 8". The black and white image shows the model dressed in an avant-garde black metallic contoured two-piece.

    Written in blue ink, the autograph and photograph are in fine condition.

    Free global shipping. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 

  • HG Selfridge typed signed letter
    v

    Paul Fraser Collectibles

    HG Selfridge typed and signed letter

    £1,500.00

    • A typed, signed letter from HG Selfridge – founder of iconic London department store Selfridges
    • Dated July 1, 1937 and written on Selfridge & Co. headed paper
    • Large signature and brief handwritten note below
    • Click here to find out more about this piece 

    US entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge founded his iconic department store on London’s Oxford Street in 1909. Selfridge & Co. was designed after the grand department stores that were all the rage in Paris and New York. It was the first of its kind in the UK. Selfridge had a genius for marketing. His department store was the first to put its wares out in the open, allowing customers to browse at their leisure. He also included other attractions to bring in the crowds, from cafes to gun clubs. Today the store remains a venerable British institution.

    This is a rare letter from HG Selfridge, written on attractive Selfridge & Co. headed paper. At the top is an illustration of the store, along with the words (SIC): “This building carries no signs – It is assumed that everyone knows it is Selfridge’s”.

    The letter is dated July 1, 1937, the year Selfridge finally became a British subject. It’s addressed to Sir Robert Tasker, a Conservative politician and architect.  

    The text reads: “Dear Sir Robert, I am entirely in sympathy with the suggestion in yours of June 30 re Sir Oswald Stoll. Yours very sincerely, H Selfridge”.

    Stoll was a movie producer and owner of the Cricklewood Studios in North London. The connection between the three men, and what is being discussed, is a mystery.

    Below is a 10 word inscription in Selfridge’s own hand that reads: “Is there any news? I so rarely see you nowadays”. An intriguing letter from one of history’s most celebrated entrepreneurs. Fold at the centre, otherwise very good.

    Free global delivery. 28-day returns.

  • Jack Schmitt signed
    Sold out
    v

    Paul Fraser Collectibles

    Jack Schmitt signed Time Magazine cover

    £1,950.00

    Sold out
    • A December 11, 1972 clipped Time Magazine cover page signed by Apollo astronaut Jack Schmitt

    Jack Schmitt was the Lunar Module pilot during the Apollo 17 mission and the second to last person ever to walk on the Moon.

    This is a clipped front cover of a December 11, 1972 edition of Time Magazine, featuring the crew of the Apollo 17 mission on the cover. It’s signed by Lunar Module Pilot Jack Schmitt. The cover displays light folds. Good condition.

    Free global delivery. 28-day returns.
  • James A McDivitt signed
    Sold out
    v

    Paul Fraser Collectibles

    James A McDivitt signed Newsweek magazine cover

    £950.00

    Sold out
    • A June 21, 1965 front page of Newsweek signed by Gemini and Apollo 9 astronaut James A McDivitt

    James A McDivitt is a USAF test pilot and NASA astronaut. He flew on the Gemini 4 and Apollo 9 missions. After the Apollo 11 mission he became Manager of the Apollo Program until the end of the series.

    This is a June 21, 1965 copy of Newsweek showing astronaut Ed White’s spacewalk during the Gemini 4 mission. It’s signed by mission commander James A McDivitt. The cover displays some folds and rusting from a staple in the top left corner. Otherwise fine condition.

    Free global delivery. 28-day returns.

  • James Dean Signed Photograph
    v

    Paul Fraser Collectibles

    James Dean Signed Photograph

    £19,995.00

    • A stunning signed photograph of legendary actor James Dean 

    Cultural icon James Dean starred in many films such as Rebel Without a Cause, Giant and East of Eden. The combination of his talent, good looks and tragic death at the tender age of 24 has cemented his legendary status.

    This vintage, glossy, black and white photo shows James Dean sitting on a stool with one hand on his temple. Dean has autographed the photo, which measures 6.5" x 8.25", in blue fountain pen ink, adding the note "To Hana, my very best from (the thinker), James Dean".

    "The thinker" appears to be a reference to Auguste Rodin's sculpture of the same name which depicts a man sitting in a thoughtful pose, with his hand resting on his chin.

    This autographed photograph has some slight creasing and mounting remnants to the reverse but is otherwise in very good condition. It is professionally mounted, framed and glazed using UV glass.

    A rare opportunity to own a beautiful signed photograph of the Hollywood legend.

    Free global shipping. 28-day returns. 

  • James Dean Signed Yearbook Page
    v

    Paul fraser collectibles

    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"
    • Learn more about this piece here 

    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.

     

  • James Taylor Autograph Microphone
    v

    Paul fraser collectibles

    James Taylor Autograph on Microphone

    £395.00

    • A black MC-105 microphone signed by legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor 

    Five-time Grammy Award winner, James Taylor (1948-), is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His big break came in 1970, when his track Fire and Rain made it to #3 in the US charts. 

    In 1971 he reached #1 with You've Got a Friend, written by legendary songwriter Carole King. Selling 12 million US copies. 

    James Taylor is among the most influential artists of his generation. In 2000 he was inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

    This 8 inch black MC-105 microphone is autographed by Taylor along the handle. Marked in blue ink, the signature is in fine condition.

    Free global shipping. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 

  • Jan and Dean Autographed Photograph
    v

    Paul fraser collectibles

    Jan and Dean Autographed Photograph

    £395.00

    • A stunning 8 x 10 inch signed photograph of 1960s surf pop sensations Jan & Dean 

    William Jan Berry (1941-2004) and Dean Ormsby Torrence (born 1940) formed the musical duo Jan & Dean in 1959. They're often described as a precursor to The Beach Boys, producing close harmony pop songs in the surf music style. Their biggest hit was with Surf City in 1963. 

    This 10" x 8" black and white photograph depicts Jan and Dean posed with arms crossing, dressed in matching wool jumpers.

    Their signatures grace the bottom of the picture and are marked in black pen. The autographs and photo are in excellent condition.

    Free global shipping. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 

  • JD Rockefeller signed Standard Oil stock certificate
    v

    Paul Fraser Collectibles

    JD Rockefeller signed Standard Oil stock certificate

    £4,950.00

    • An 1888 Standard Oil share certificate signed by company founder John D Rockefeller and Secretary Henry Flagler 
    • Discover more about this item here 
    Oil magnate JD Rockefeller was one of the richest men in history. Born into humble beginnings, he showed a talent for business early on. In the early 1860s, he and his business partners got into the crude oil business. In 1870 he founded Standard Oil, which went on to become the largest oil refinery in the world. The company was dissolved in 1911, after the Supreme Court ruled it a monopoly.
     
    This is a Standard Oil stock certificate for 100 shares (approx 16 x 7.8 inches), signed by founder and President JD Rockefeller and Secretary Henry Flagler. The date of issue is May 17, 1888. To the left is a pink cancellation stamp dated July 16, 1891.
     
    Rockefeller’s signature is bold and clear, a very fine example. The certificate displays strong eye appeal. A rare item from America’s most successful industrialist.
     
    Free global delivery. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included.
  • Jerry Lee Lewis/Don Arden Documents
    v

    Paul fraser collectibles

    Jerry Lee Lewis/Don Arden Documents

    £595.00

    • A collection of documents relating to two performances by rock and roller Jerry Lee Lewis in Bristol in 1962 

    Jerry Lee Lewis (born 1935) was one of the biggest rock and roll stars of his era, with hits including Great Balls of Fire and Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.  

    A collection of documents relating to two performances by Jerry Lee Lewis’ (1935- ) at Colston Hall in Bristol, UK on May 8, 1962.

    It includes correspondence between promoter Don Arden (1926-2007) and F. K. Cowley, the entertainments manager at Colston Hall.

    There's also a 12.5 x 8 inch Performance Statement which gives details of expenditure and income and two Performance Return forms which give details of how many tickets were sold for each performance. 

    Also included is a flyer (5.7” x 9 inch) advertising the concert with a booking form attached and a publicity copy of a letter from Arden to Hastings Printing Co. stating the quantities of promotional materials needed. 

    Don Arden, father of Ozzy Osbourne’s wife Sharon, worked as a music manager and agent and famously managed Small Faces, Electric Light Orchestra and Black Sabbath.

    This is a fantastic collection of memorabilia from the early career of one of the most influential music moguls of the 20th century. 

    Free global shipping. 28-day no quibble returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 

  • John F Kennedy signed campaign brochure
    v

    Paul Fraser Collectibles

    John F Kennedy signed campaign brochure

    £4,950.00

    • 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. 

    Free global shipping. 28-day returns.

  • John Glenn signed Newsweek magazine cover
    Sold out
    v

    Paul Fraser Collectibles

    John Glenn signed Newsweek magazine cover

    £750.00

    Sold out
    • A clipped cover from an October 26, 1998 edition of Newsweek featuring a signature from astronaut John Glenn

    John Glenn (1921-2016) was the pilot of the 1962 Mercury-Atlas 6 spaceflight – making him the first American to orbit the Earth. In later years he became a Democratic senator. In 1998, he flew on the STS-95 Discovery aged 77. He remains the oldest person ever to go to space.

    A clipped front cover of an October 26, 1998 edition of Newsweek featuring astronaut John Glenn on the cover. Glenn has inscribed: “To Randall/ John Glenn”. Light folds, otherwise fine condition.

    Free global delivery. 28-day returns.

  • John Lennon Autograph
    v

    Paul fraser collectibles

    John Lennon Autograph on Customs Declaration

    £7,950.00

    •  A 1980 customs declaration signed by John Lennon in bold blue pen
    • A remarkable record of his last trip outside of the United States, daring to four months before his assassination
    • Includes Lennon's personal details and New York address
    • Click here to find out more about this piece 

    John Lennon (1940-1980) was a leading member of The Beatles, the most successful pop group in history. Forming an incredible songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney, he penned some of the band's most famous hits, before going on to hold the most successful solo career following their split. 

      Ranked 8th in the BBC's 100 Greatest Britons list, and the fifth greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, his enduring legacy continues to fascinate fans across the world. As a result, he is by far the most collectible Beatle, with his memorabilia achieving outstanding prices.

      Description

      This signed United States Customs Declaration, measuring 4" x 8½", was completed by Lennon less than four months before he died. Returning from a two month vacation in Bermuda in 28 July 1980, this was Lennon's last journey outside of the United States.

      The singer's personal details are listed: full name, date of birth, countries of residence, address, flight details, date of citizenship, and note that he is travelling with his son, Sean. His signature, written in capital letters, is also prominent.

      A list of purchases from Bermuda is also handwritten on the official slip. T-shirts, pants, shirts and a hand bag are among the items bought while travelling. The most expensive item, a commissioned painting of the singer and his son, is valued at $6,000.

      The page is in fine condition, with some handling wear and ink cancellation strokes lightly touching Lennon's information. Some minor surface impressions from Lennon's declaration on the reverse. Identical forms filled in by Lennon's assistants who accompanied him on the trip, Fred Seaman and Uda Uneko, are included.

      These documents are accompanied by: two reprinted photos of Lennon in Bermuda; and one reprinted photo of the painting of John and Sean Lennon on the beach, hung over a piano.

      Background

      At 8pm on June 4, the former Beatle boarded a 43ft sloop called Megan Jaye at Newport, Rhode Island, and set sail for the idyllic Bermuda. He was joined later by his four year old "Beautiful Boy" Sean.

      While in Bermuda with son Sean, Lennon visited the botanical gardens and saw the freesia hybrid flower Double Fantasy, the name of which he would borrow for his next release. It was while in Bermuda that he wrote Woman and Cleanup Time, both of which were included on the Double Fantasy album.

      The declaration reveals more about this fascinating period in Lennon's life, which has since been recorded Scott Neil's book Lennon Bermuda and is seen as a very happy time for the singer.

      Through the details on the form we can reveal that Lennon's voyage was hastily planned, with the declaration recording his purchase of shorts and t-shirts while in Bermuda.

      Lennon also bought a handbag, presumably a gift for his wife Yoko Ono, who he is said to have missed immenseley while away. Woman, a song written in response from a telephone call he received in Bermuda, contains the line "So let me tell you again and again and again, I love you now and forever" - a sign of their happiness at this point.

      The declaration also reveals Lennon's love for his son Sean, with a $6,000 painting commissioned to immortalise their time together. A photograph of the painting accompanies the form.

      Free global shipping. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 

    • John Ryan Captain Pugwash Sketch
      v

      Paul fraser collectibles

      John Ryan Autographed Sketch of Captain Pugwash

      £250.00

      • An original artwork by legendary cartoonist and Captain Pugwash creator John Ryan 
      • Learn more about this piece by clicking here

      John Ryan (1921-2009) was a British cartoonist who is most well known for creating the popular children's cartoon, Captain Pugwash.

      Captain Pugwash first appeared in classic comic book Eagle, but was dropped due to being too "childish" for the target audience.

      The BBC commissioned a Captain Pugwash television series in 1957 which ran until 1966. The character also appeared in the BBC Radio Times from 1960 until 1968.

      An original drawing of Captain Pugwash by John Ryan measuring 5 x 7.5 inches and mounted to an overall size of 8 x 11 inches.

      The sketch shows Pugwash in a full length pose, standing in a field with flowers holding a sword.Ryan has written the title "Captain Pugwash" above the sketch and has added his autograph beneath it. In fine condition.

      Free global shipping. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 

    • John Wayne Signed Stetson Cowboy Hat
      v

      Paul fraser collectibles

      John Wayne Signed Stetson Cowboy Hat

      £4,950.00

      • Vintage Stetson cowboy hat owned, worn and signed by Hollywood icon John Wayne
      • Learn more about this item here 

      John Wayne (1907-1979) was an American film actor, director and producer, known to many simply as 'Duke'.

      He appeared in more than 170 films over the course of a 50 year career, including 83 westerns, cementing his reputation as one of the most iconic leading men of all time.

      His most famous films included The Searchers, Rio Bravo, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Shootist, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and True Grit – for which he won the 1970 Academy Award for Best Actor.

      John Wayne personified the ultimate American hero, a rugged cowboy who survives amongst outlaws in the wilderness, and his timeless masculinity means he remains highly popular almost 40 years after his death.

      This cream-coloured stetson-style hat was made by Bailey of Hollywood, and bears John Wayne's autograph in bold blue ink on the brim.

      A superb display piece owned, worn and signed by the greatest cowboy in cinema history.

      Free global shipping. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 
    • Julian Lennon Autograph
      v

      Paul fraser collectibles

      Julian Lennon Autograph

      £150.00

      • An excellent autograph from Julian Lennon, John Lennon's eldest son 

      Eldest son of John Lennon, Julian Lennon (born 1963) is also a multi-million-selling musician. Julian's childhood drawing of a classmate inspired John Lennon's song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

      His relationship with his father was one of turmoil and he forged a stronger bond with fellow Beatle Paul McCartney. McCartney wrote the song Hey Jude to console Julian after the divorce of his parents.

      This autographed card by Lennon measures 3" x 5". Written in black ink, the autograph and card are in fine condition.

      Free global shipping. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 

    • Julian Lennon Signature
      v

      Paul fraser collectibles

      Julian Lennon Signature

      £150.00

      • An excellent autograph from Julian Lennon, John Lennon's eldest son 

      Eldest son of John Lennon, Julian Lennon (1963-) is also a multi-million-selling musician. Julian's childhood drawing of a classmate inspired John Lennon's song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

      His relationship with his father was one of turmoil and he forged a stronger bond with fellow Beatle Paul McCartney. McCartney wrote the song Hey Jude to console Julian after the divorce of his parents.

      This autographed card by Lennon measures 3" x 5". Written in black ink, the autograph and card are in fine condition.

      Free global shipping. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 

    • Karen & Richard Carpenter Autographed Photograph
      v

      Paul fraser collectibles

      Karen & Richard Carpenter Autographed Photograph

      £1,500.00

      • A wonderful signed photograph of singing sensation The Carpenters

      Brother and sister duo Karen (1950-1983) and Richard Carpenter (born 1946) were the number one American singing act of the 1970s. Their soft pop sound captivated the hearts of the millions worldwide who hung on every note of their 11 albums. They have sold over 100 million records to date.

      This beautiful photograph measures 8" x 10" and features autographs from both Richard and Karen Carpenter.

      Richard has signed bold black ink in a light area in the top right of the photo, with an added inscription and the date "5/7/82". Karen has added her signature alongside that of her brother. A wonderful piece in superb condition.

      Free global shipping. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 

       
    • Katie Holmes Signed Photograph
      v

      Paul fraser collectibles

      Katie Holmes Signed Photograph

      £75.00

      • A signed photograph of actress Katie Holmes 

      Katie Holmes (born 1978) first shot to fame for her role as Joey Potter on TV's Dawson's Creek. The hugely successful show ran from 1998 to 2003.

      Holmes has gone on to star in Hollywood blockbusters, most notably Batman Begins. 

      This autographed photo by Holmes measures 10" x 8". The photograph, taken on the set of Dawson's Creek, shows the actress smiling, in a relaxed pose.

      Written in blue ink, the autograph and photograph are in fine condition.

      Free global shipping. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 

    • King Henry VII Autographed Historical Document
      v

      Paul fraser collectibles

      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.

      Free global shipping. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 

    • King Henry VIII Autographed Document
      v

      Paul fraser collectibles

      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."

      Free global shipping. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included. 

    • King Henry VIII Autographed Petition
      v

      Paul fraser collectibles

      King Henry VIII Signed Petition

      £90,000.00

      • 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.

      Free global shipping. 28-day no quibble returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included.  

    • Lance Armstrong Autograph
      v

      Paul fraser collectibles

      Lance Armstrong Autograph on a Copy of his Autobiography

      £495.00

      • A signed copy of Lance Armstrong's 2003 autobiography Every Second Counts 

      Cyclist Lance Armstrong (born 1971) was one of the greatest cyclists in history, dominating the sport through the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2012, he was proven to have used performance enhancing drugs for his career. He was stripped of all his titles from 1998 onward. 

      A hardcover example (with dust-jacket) of Armstong's autobiography Every Second Counts, measuring 6½" x 9½" and totalling 246 pages.

      Armstrong has signed in black felt tip pen on the half title page.

      There is a small tear in the dust jacket otherwise the book is in superb condition, and shows a clean and flamboyant signature. A great memento from one of the most controversial athletes in history.

      Free global delivery. 28-day returns. Certificate of Authenticity and our Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee of Authenticity included.