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  • Marilyn Monroe 'Happy Birthday Mr President' lock of hair
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    Marilyn Monroe 'Happy Birthday Mr President' lock of hair

    £250,000.00

    • A large lock of Marilyn Monroe's hair, from the night she performed 'Happy Birthday Mr President' for John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden.

    • Accompanied by an instant photograph taken at the same event, bearing Monroe's lipstick kiss on the reverse.

    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.  

    History of the lock of hair 

    On the night of May 19, 1962, Marilyn Monroe gave one of the most famous performances of her career, during a celebration for President John F. Kennedy's 45th birthday at Madison Square Garden in New York.

    Monroe sang a sultry version of 'Happy Birthday Mr President' whilst wearing a virtually see-through dress, fuelling rumours of a secret affair with the President which have endured to this day.

    Just hours before her performance, Monroe visited her personal hairdresser Robert Champion at the Coiffures Americana Beauty Salon, housed within the luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue.

    After he had cut and styled her hair, Monroe asked Champion to attend the event with her, so that he could touch up her hair and make-up just before she went on-stage.

    Upon her arrival at Madison Square Garden, Monroe was presented with her outfit for the evening. Designed by Jean Louis, the highly revealing, flesh-coloured dress was covered in thousands of rhinestones, and was so tight Monroe had to be sewn into it, delaying her stage entrance.

    Robert Champion recalled those moments before her performance:

    "As we stood for a long time back stage at Madison Square Garden, she was very nervous about her appearance. I refreshed her lipcolor, powdered her nose, checked her blusher, and then she was announced again 'Miss Marilyn Monroe, better late than never.' In her very tight gown, she had difficulty ascending the make-shift stairs and I assisted her to the top where the spotlight hit her. The next is history."

    The lock

    This large lock of blonde hair was trimmed from Monroe's head by Champion just prior to that iconic performance, and remained in his personal collection for decades.

    The lock measures approximately 2.57" by 1.18" (7cm by 3cm).

    It is accompanied by an instant Polaroid photograph of Monroe, taken at a party following the event.

    The image captures Monroe smiling radiantly, perhaps in relief after getting through the performance, and bears her lipstick print in place of a signature on the reverse.

    Huge prices for Monroe memorabilia

    For collectors, Marilyn Monroe remains the most sought-after of any star in Hollywood history, and her personal memorabilia regularly sells for seven-figure sums.

    In December 2016, the dress worn by Monroe during her performance of 'Happy Birthday' sold at Julien's Auctions for $4.8 million, making it the second-most valuable dress ever sold.

    The record is held by the famous white dress she wore in The Seven Year Itch, which sold in 2011 for $5.6 million.

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  • Original Fabric from the Spirit of St Louis signed by Charles Lindbergh
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    • The largest piece of original Spirit of St Louis fabric we have seen
    • Signed by Charles Lindbergh
    • Provenance from the collection of James E. Morrow - a member of the welcoming committee that greeted Lindbergh after his historic flight

    Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1902-1974), nicknamed Slim, Lucky Lindy and The Lone Eagle, was a pioneering aviator who began his illustrious career in the skies as an US Air Mail pilot.

    At the age of just 25, he emerged from obscurity to capture the $25,000 Orteig Prize for his solo non-stop flight from New York to Paris on May 20-21, 1927.

    The event rocketed him to international fame, and there was "tremendous public hysteria" in America. He was awarded the nation's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his legendary flight.

    His fame meant that he was able to champion the development of commercial aviation and Air Mail services in the United States, making him one of the leading figures responsible for the progression of aviation technology at the time.

    Following his son, Charles Jr, being kidnapped and murdered in the "Crime of the Century" in 1932 - a result of Lindbergh's fame - his family moved overseas. They returned as America joined the second world war, with Lindbergh flying numerous combat missions in the Pacific Theatre.

    Following the second world war, Lindbergh styled himself as an explorer, inventor and prize-winning author, as well as an environmentalist - a truly remarkable man. 

    An extraordinary piece of aviation history.

    An original piece of fabric from the famed airplane The Spirit of St Louis - the largest we have seen. The fabric measures approximately 2" x 3" and is signed 'C. A. Lindbergh' in fountain pen by world famous aviator Charles Lindbergh.

    It is in fine, clean condition.

    The fabric is dated "Sept 6 - 1927" in a separate hand. This indicates that it was signed by Lindbergh while in Montana. That same day, he flew from Butte to Helena, returning on September 7 for several days rest as part of his US tour funded by Harry Guggenheim.

    The fabric would have been taken from the Spirit of St Louis during essential repairs carried out after landing.

    While small pieces of the Spirit of St Louis have appeared at auction, it is rare to find examples of this size. Items signed by Charles Lindbergh are even rarer, and are extremely sought after by aviation collectors, making this the undoubted highlight of your collection.

    Provenance

    The unusually large piece of cloth was acquired by James E. Morrow, a member of the welcoming committee for the triumphant American tour following Lindbergh’s historic flight.

    Morrow was a relative of Anne Spencer Morrow, who became Mrs. Charles Lindbergh in 1929. James E. Morrow was also the name of Anne’s paternal grandfather.

    Soon after Lindbergh’s return from France, millionaire aviation enthusiast Harry Guggenheim dipped into a promotional fund he had set up with his father, Daniel, to sponsor a nationwide tour for Lindbergh and the plane that he had made famous.

    Over a three-month period from July to October 1927, Lindbergh flew and touched down the Spirit of St. Louis in all forty-eight states, gave hundreds of speeches, and rode in countless parades, where he was greeted as a conquering hero by unprecedented adoring throngs.

    At the conclusion of the tour, Morrow presented the item to his daughter, Vera M. Morrow (1907–2004), who had earlier accompanied him to the legendary ticker-tape parade for Lindbergh in Manhattan on June 21, 1927.

    This exceptional piece of aviation history is available on our layaway plan with the option to spread payment over 12-18 months.

    All items are guaranteed authentic and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity and free insured worldwide delivery.

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  • The Beatles Signed A Hard Days Night Album Cover
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    The Beatles Signed A Hard Days Night Album Cover

    £35,000.00

    • Signed clearly by all four members of the Beatles beneath their portraits.
    • One of only 8-10 known to exist, according to Autograph Magazine's census.
    • Superb condition, with only light wear to the edges and some toning.

    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 is some of the most valuable on the market.

    A Hard Day's Night, released on July 10, 1964, was the Beatles' third studio album. Accompanying the band's film of the same name, it went straight to Number One in the UK charts and stayed there for 21 weeks, spending a total of 38 weeks in the Top 20.

    A Hard Day's Night saw the Beatles move away from rock n roll covers and towards their classic sound. It holds a special place with fans, as it is the only Beatles album where all the songs were written by both John Lennon and Paul McCartney. 

    According to Autograph Magazine's census, there are just 125 known UK-release album covers signed by all four members of the Beatles.

    Signed copies of Please Please Me and With The Beatles account for approximately 95 of the 125 known examples.

    That takes the total down to just 30.

    There are only 5 known examples of Meet the Beatles, with one example selling for $115,000 in 2006.

    As for signed copies of A Hard Days Night; only 8-10 are known to exist.

    This is one of them...

    The signatures are in blue pen, each inscribed below the corresponding band member's photograph.

    The item is in fine condition, with some light wear to the edges.

    The album cover is to be sold framed alongside a black and white photo of the group, with a certificate of authenticity and lifetime moneyback guarantee of authenticity. 

    This is a very rare opportunity to acquire one of the rarest pieces of Beatles memorabilia.

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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 

    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

    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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  • Salvador Dali signed drawing
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    Salvador Dali signed drawing

    £25,000.00

    • Stunning signed drawing of a dragon by Salvador Dali 

    Salvador Dali was a Spanish surrealist painter best known for his bizarre artworks.

    He was a leader of the Surrealist Movement. The Persistence of Memory (1931), which shows soft, melting pocket watches on a beach, is one of the defining works of the style. Dali also created surrealist sculptures including Lobster Telephone, which features a plastic lobster attached to the handset.

    He remains a hugely influential figure in the art world. 

    This is a large Salvador Dali drawing of a fire breathing dragon in orange crayon, accompanied by Dali's bold signature, dated 1968, and dedication 'Pour David', drawn in an Air France menu.

    The menu measures approximately 11x17 inches (28x43cm), while the highly detailed drawing is approximately 5½x8 inches (14cmx20cm).

    Dali clearly spent some time on this piece. 

    The Air France menu is for a private charter for the 'Far West Ski Association' on April 30, 1968, for a flight between Geneva-Montreal-Los Angeles.

    Founded in 1930, the Far West Ski Association (FWSA) is a non-profit, volunteer organization that organised annual European ski trips for members in the 1960s.

    This is only the second Dali drawing that we have had the pleasure of offering.

    The other was a small Dali pencil drawing that achieved £18,000 in 2012.

    This is a major rarity, not to be missed. 

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  • Great Britain 1840 1d. Black Plate 2, Used SG2
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    Great Britain 1840 1d. Black Plate 2, Used SG2

    £18,000.00

    Great Britain 1840 1d. Black Plate 2. (P.B. re-cut letter squares) cancelled with No 10 in Maltese Cross. This Is The Only Known Example. Accompanied by certificate of authenticity from the Royal Philatelic Society (RPS).
  • President George Washington Autographed Lottery Ticket
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    President George Washington Autographed Lottery Ticket

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    President George Washington Autographed Lottery Ticket

    For Sale: £18,000

    • 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

  • President John F. and Jackie Kennedy autographed photograph
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    President John F. and Jackie Kennedy autographed photograph

    £17,500.00

    • Fantastic signed photograph from John and Jackie Kennedy in June 1962
    • Wonderful image depicting the President with his children, Caroline and John Jr
    • Given to the Kennedy family's nanny Maud Shaw for Christmas 1962

    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 7½" x 9½" gelatine silver photo print shows President John F Kennedy with his children, Caroline and John Kennedy Jr, standing with Caroline's pony, Macaroni, on the terrace of The White House.

    Macaroni was a gift from Vice-President Lyndon Johnson, Kennedy's running mate for the 1960 election and President of the USA following Kennedy's death.

    This photograph was taken on 22nd June 1962. It is mounted and framed with a presentation inscription from Jackie Kennedy which is dated December 25, 1962. It reads:

    "For dear Miss Shaw - with love from us all - and the deepest appreciation as always".

    The autographs of Jackie Kennedy and John F. Kennedy have been signed in black ink. Caroline has added her autograph and some kisses. There is also an infant's scribble in ballpoint pen. Someone (probably Jackie) has noted that this scribble is from John Jr.

    This is a rare opportunity to own a photograph signed by all four Kennedy family members.

    In excellent condition, this photograph has impeccable provenance, originating from the collection of Maud Shaw, the Kennedy family nanny following Caroline's birth in 1957.

    An exceptional piece.

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  • J.K Rowling illustrated personal horoscope
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    J.K Rowling illustrated personal horoscope

    £17,500.00

    • An incredibly rare unpublished work by J.K.Rowling
    • A personal Horoscope with a hand drawn natal chart for Jack David Buchanan, born 19 February 1994, 5.01 p.m.

    J.K Rowling (born 1965) is an English author, screenwriter, producer and philanthropist. She's the creator of the Harry Potter series of children's novels, which to date has sold a record 400 million copies worldwide.

    The seven best-selling books also spawned a series of blockbuster Hollywood movies, video games, several theme park attractions, and an empire of merchandise worth an estimated $25 billion.  

    Aside from her literary career, Rowling has also been praised for her philanthropic work, and has raised tens of millions for good causes including Comic Relief and her own children's charity Lumos.

    Unpublished illustrations and writings by J.K. Rowling are incredibly rare and offer a wonderful insight into the creative mind behind Harry Potter.

    This incredible piece of Rowling memorabilia provides a fascinating example of her prose.

    On white paper, with double-sided typescript on yellow card providing a detailed interpretative reading, including of the sun sign, ascendant, ruling planets, significant conjunctions and oppositions, and their effect on character, personal strengths, possible careers, emotional and erotic characteristics, and compatibility with other signs, and a cover illustration depicting the chart's key astrological symbols in pen, ink, and coloured pencil laid down on bright blue coloured card.

    Comprising 12 loose pages in a plastic folder. In excellent, mint condition.

    "Born the cusp of Aquarius and Pisces. He will enjoy school, perhaps be accident-prone, (like all Pisces) could be prone to alcoholism, and (perhaps like us all) may well fall in love with someone totally incompatible.

    The chart apparently suggests that the boy will have great literary talent ("...the planet of fantasy and imagination meets a sign frequently associated with bookishness...")

    Rowling wonders whether his "ability to weave a good yarn" could perhaps bring fame and fortune, before deciding that becoming a film director would better suit his talents.

    Apparently wishing for some small slice of fame for herself, J.K. Rowling wonders if the boy would perhaps at least mention her in his Oscar acceptance speech ("...This peculiar woman my mother knows predicted I would be standing before you today ... of course, my parents laughed at the time...") ...Human destiny may be deciphered by the planetary rays... (Professor Trelawny)

    It is possible to detect in this short piece some of the characteristics that were shortly to bring Rowling's prose such extraordinary success: a great and varied sense of humour, flights of fancy underpinned by an internal logic, and - of course - a mingling of the everyday world with the strange and magical.

    The horoscopes show Rowling to have a detailed technical knowledge of Western astrology.

    She is at ease explaining the significance of having one's Moon in the First House but peppers her interpretations with quotations and wryly amusing comparisons.

    In general the astrologers that she cites tend to be popular rather than academic.

    Rowling's knowledge of astrology has undoubtedly played into the Harry Potter books.

    Harry himself is a Leo (sharing his birthday with J.K. Rowling herself), whilst the meticulous worrier Hermione is naturally a Virgo.

    An important influence on Harry in the first book is Firenze the centaur, a star-gazer who helps and teaches him before his first encounter with Voldemort.

    Sybill Trelawney, Professor of Divination, makes an appearance in later books; she is considered by many a fraud (and is a fine satire of New Age fortune tellers) but her predictions frequently come true in unexpected ways.

    On a deeper level, an issue that goes to the heart of astrology is the apparent conflict between free will and fate, and this is one of the central themes of the Harry Potter series.

    NB: Please note copyright remains with J.K. Rowling and no permission is granted for reproduction. 

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  • Charles Dickens signed document
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    Charles Dickens signed document

    £15,000.00

    Charles Dickens signed document

    For Sale: £15,000

    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

  • The Beatles Autographs
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    The Beatles Autographs For Sale

    £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.

    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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  • Bert Lahr signed photo as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz
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    • 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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    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 (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 incarcerated in jail in Gallatin, Missouri.

    He 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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    Charles Lindbergh signed photograph

    £9,500.00

    • A signed photograph of Charles Lindbergh, taken on his triumphant return voyage from Paris to New York in 1927

    Charles Augustus Lindbergh (1902-1974), nicknamed Slim, Lucky Lindy and The Lone Eagle, was a pioneering aviator who began his illustrious career in the skies as an US Air Mail pilot. 

    At the age of just 25, he emerged from obscurity to capture the $25,000 Orteig Prize for his solo non-stop flight from New York to Paris on May 20-21, 1927. 

    The event rocketed him to international fame, and there was "tremendous public hysteria" in America. He was awarded the nation's highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his legendary flight.

    His fame meant that he was able to champion the development of commercial aviation and Air Mail services in the United States, making him one of the leading figures responsible for the progression of aviation technology at the time.

    Following his son, Charles Jr, being kidnapped and murdered in the "Crime of the Century" in 1932 - a result of Lindbergh's fame - his family moved overseas. They returned as America joined the second world war, with Lindbergh flying numerous combat missions in the Pacific Theatre. 

    Following the second world war, Lindbergh styled himself as an explorer, inventor and prize-winning author, as well as an environmentalist - a truly remarkable man.

    An absolutely superb signed photograph (By Underwood & Underwood of Washington DC) measuring 18cmx23cm, mounted to a total size of 28cmx38cm.

    The sepia styled photo shows Lindbergh posing in front of the fuselage of the Spirit of St Louis. Lindbergh has signed underneath:

    "To Mr Fred Buckholy, Charles A. Lindbergh" adding the date "June 12, 1927".

    The photograph was therefore signed the day after Lindbergh's triumphant return home to the US aboard the USS Memphis when a fleet of warships, pursuit planes, bombers and the airship USS Los Angeles followed him up the Potomac River to the Washington Navy Yard where President Calvin Coolidge awarded him the Distinguished Flying Cross.

    It's therefore possible/probable that the photo was taken aboard the USS Memphis on June 11th and printed on the same day by Underwood and Underwood. 

    The day after signing this photo a ticker-tape parade was held for Lindbergh down 5th Avenue in NYC.

    Within a year of Lindbergh's Spirit of St Louis flight from NYC to Paris a quarter of all Americans had personally seen Lindbergh and the the Spirit of St Louis, pilot applications had tripled and the number of licensed aircraft had quadrupled.

    By 1929 US air passenger numbers had increased from 5,782 to 173,405 a year.

    Without doubt the best Lindbergh signed photo we have ever handled. 

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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.

    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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  • The Beatles Autographed Album Page
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    The Beatles Autographed Album Page

    £8,500.00

    • Autograph album page signed beautifully by all four members of the Beatles - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

    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.

    This is one page from an autograph album which has been signed by the Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

    All four autographs are sharp in bold blue ink. There is some staining to the bottom right hand corner of the page but this does not affect the autographs. Otherwise in very good condition. The previous owner has added the notation "Beatles" to the top of the page.

    A must-see for any Beatles collector.

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    John Lennon Autograph on Customs Declaration

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    •  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

    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.

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    • James Dean Signed Yearbook Page
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      James Dean Signed Yearbook Page

      For Sale: £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"

      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.

       

    • Neil Armstrong autographed dinner menu
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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

      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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      £6,500.00

      • A scarf owned and worn by Jimi Hendrix, one of the most iconic figures in music history

      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.

      Herbert Worthington (1944 – 2013) was a rock and roll photographer renowned for his work with Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks.

      Worthington famously took the cover photograph for the band's seminal 1977 album Rumours, along with creating the covers for Nicks' first two solo albums Bella Donna and The Wild Heart.

      Prior to his career as a photographer, Worthington was a much-loved character in the Los Angeles music scene, and shared an apartment with musician Buddy Miles.

      Miles was a close friend of Jimi Hendrix, and a member of his short-lived backing group Band of Gypsys, who performed with Hendrix at his legendary Woodstock appearance.

      Miles initially introduced Hendrix to his former house mate in 1969, and they quickly struck up a strong friendship, with Worthington often travelling with Jimi as he toured the U.S.

      They famously dropped acid together just before a show at the Denver Pop Festival in June 1969 – which turned out to be the last time the original Jimi Hendrix Experience line-up would ever perform together.

      The friends were also known to swap clothing and jewelry with each other, and Jimi gifted Worthington this scarf, which remained in his personal collection for more than 30 years until he passed away in November 2013.

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    • EH Shepard Autographed Drawing for Punch Magazine
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      EH Shepard Autographed Drawing for Punch Magazine

      £5,950.00

      • Satirical illustration from E H Shepard
      • Original artwork signed by the artist
      • Originates from the Shepard family's own holding

      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.

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    • Winston Churchill signed document and original press photographs
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      • 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'.

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      Winston Churchill signed Council of Europe photograph

      £4,950.00

      • Vintage photograph from the first meeting of the Council of Europe, the organisation which helped rebuild Europe in the aftermath of WWII.
      • Signed by two of the most important British political leaders of the 20th century.

      Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) was a British statesman who twice served as Prime Minister, and is widely regarded as one of the most influential political leaders of the 20th century.

      His leadership of the nation during WWII helped secure victory for the Allies against Nazi Germany, and he played a major role in creating unity throughout Europe after the war.

      Churchill also won the Nobel Prize for Literature, became the first honorary citizen of the United States, and was voted as the Greatest Briton of all time in a national poll in 2002.

      This photograph was taken during the historic first meeting of the Council of Europe, and features various politicians and statesmen including British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and the future Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.

      The photograph mount bears the clear signatures of both Churchill and Macmillan in black ink, along with British diplomat and politician Henry Hopkinson's signature in blue ink below.

      The vintage gelatin silver print measures 15.5 x 16.9 cm, bears some slight chipping to the image, and is slightly loose around the corners of the mount.

      A superb signed piece capturing one of the most important moments in 20th century European history.

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      Mark Twain Autograph and Inscription

      £4,950.00

      • Fantastic historical pamphlet signed by Mark Twain - America's great novelist
      • Unusually long inscription with a bold, clear signature in Twain's flourishing hand
      • Signed during the Jamestown Exposition of 1907 - an important event celebrating the first permanent English settlement in the US.

      Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), more famously known by his pen name Mark Twain, was a prolific and well respected American author.

      Noted and admired for his keen wit and satirical skills, he has been described as the "greatest American humorist of his age", with William Faulkner describing him as "the father of American literature".

      The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) are his most famous published works, which have become known as the very definition of the "Great American Novel".

      This celebratory pamphlet and menu is signed on the cover by Twain in fine brown/black ink. His inscription reads:

      "To Mrs. Hugh Gordon Miller, With The affectionate & grateful remembrances of Mark Twain. James Town Exposition, September 24/07. (The day after the struggle)."

      As indicated in Twain's inscription, the piece was signed during the famous Jamestown Exposition of 1907, which was one of many world's fairs and exposition held in the US during the early part of the 20th century.

      Measuring 10" x 8", the pamphlet celebrates "The First Hudson River Steamboat, Robert Fulton's "Clermont", 1807-1907".

      Inside, printed text highlights the historic importance of the vessel and its context. A red, white and blue ribbon ties the pages and cover together.

      The Clermont was the first Steamboat to make a voyage of any significant distance, journeying between New York and Albany in 1807. September 23, 1907 was dedicated to the celebration of the centennial of the steamboat and named Fulton Day at the exposition.

      Mark Twain was in attendance as a founding member of the Robert Fulton Monument Association and sailed to the exposition aboard the yacht Kanawha, much to the appreciation of the gathered crowds.

      Passengers on board a steamboat were in such a panic to catch a glimpse of the writer, who had already achieved considerable fame at this stage, that they gathered on the starboard side of the vessel and caused it to careen toward's Twain's yacht.

      "The struggle", noted in Twain's inscription, refers to the disasterous weather that struck on Fulton Day, which almost brought the three-mile long marine parade festivities to a standstill.

      The item is in excellent condition, with some light toning.

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    • Marc Bolan's Afghan jacket
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      Marc Bolan's Afghan coat

      £4,950.00

      • Your chance to own T. Rex frontman Marc Bolan's personally owned and worn Afghan coat. 

      Marc Bolan (1947-1977) was an English singer-songwriter, poet and guitarist. He is best known as the frontman of glam rock band T. Rex. This three-quarter-length Afghan coat features grey patchwork with a pale fleece lining, with hook and eye fastening to the front.

      The coat was owned and worn by Marc Bolan, and acquired directly from his estate by the organiser of the 'Official Marc Bolan Fan Club'. The estate enrolled his help in dealing with various items of Marc's personal effects, including this coat.

      Bolan's memorabilia is increasing in value and becoming increasingly difficult to find. We recently sold a Marc Bolan signed set of typed lyrics for £4,500.

      A great opportunity to own an iconic piece of rock memorabilia at a sensible price.

      Exceptional provenance: Ex Christie's, Popular Culture: Rock and Pop Memorabilia.

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    • John Wayne Signed Stetson Cowboy Hat
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      John Wayne Signed Stetson Cowboy Hat

      £4,950.00

      • Vintage Stetson cowboy hat owned, worn and signed by Hollywood icon John Wayne

      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.

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    • Che Guevara signed certificate
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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

      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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      • William Wordsworth Autographed Poetry Quotation
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        William Wordsworth Autographed Poetry Quotation

        £3,995.00

        • A handwritten poetry inscription signed by one of history's most celebrated poets

        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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      • John F. Kennedy for President Campaign Poster
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        John F. Kennedy for President Campaign Poster

        £3,995.00

        • An original poster from John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign
        • In exceptional condition, professionally mounted and framed with bold colours 

        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 large 27" x 41" poster, which features some light creasing, is from Kennedy's presidential campaign. It shows a head and shoulders image of a smiling Kennedy and reads: "Kennedy for President - Leadership for the 60s".

        Professionally mounted and framed this poster is a wonderful piece of political history.

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      • Marilyn Monroe Autographed Cheque
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        Marilyn Monroe Autographed Cheque

        £3,950.00

        • 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

        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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      • Frank Sinatra Signed Set List
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        Frank Sinatra Signed Set List

        £3,950.00

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

        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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      • England 1966 World Cup Final Autographs
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        1966 England World Cup Final Autographs

        £3,950.00

        • 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

        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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      • The Trafalgar Collection of historical Lord Nelson & HMS Victory artefacts
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        • A spectacular collection of memorabilia associated with Admiral Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar (1805)

        Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) was a British naval officer famous for his victories against the French during the Napoleonic Wars. Nelson 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.

        The Trafalgar Collection is a unique limited edition collection of Lord Nelson and HMS Victory historical artefacts that has taken over 25 years to assemble. Only 1805 were ever made.

        This remarkable collection of memorabilia contains:

        1. A small piece of original wood from HMS Victory. This wood was salvaged during the ship's restoration, with a royalty paid to the 1922 'Save the Victory Fund'. The wood's provenance is authenticated by Lt. Cmdr. John Scivier RN, Commanding Officer, HMS Victory.
        1. A small piece of white ensign flag from HMS Victory. Understood to have formed part of the catafalque (the platform used to carry the coffin) at Lord Nelson's funeral procession. C.Wesley Cowan, an expert on the US Antiques Roadshow, states "it is in my opinion that this flag is 100% authentic and beyond dispute".
        1. A strand of Lord Nelson's hair. This hair was acquired from British Naval Auction experts Charles Miller Ltd Auctions in London, United Kingdom with the following description: "A generous curl of typically fine pale hair... conforms very closely to other known hair examples of Lord Nelson's late-period hair. It is well recorded that Emma Hamilton was given Nelson's hair among other things".
        1. A piece of Lord Nelson's handkerchief. Acquired from International Autograph Auctions with the following provenance: "This handkerchief formerly belonged to Lord Nelson and was given by John Braham to John Dickinson, Solicitor of Broad Street, City in the year 1828". John Braham (c1774-1856) was an English tenor, one of Europe's leading opera singers. Lord Nelson was present at a performance by the singer at Livorno, Italy in 1799.

        The collection is beautifully framed and double mounted to a size of 19 x 16 inches and includes images of Lord Nelson and HMS Victory. At the base of the frame is a description of the collection and full provenance is provided within an information pack that accompanies the collection.

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      • Princess Diana & Prince Charles Autographs on Christmas Card
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        Princess Diana & Prince Charles Autographs on Christmas Card

        £1,950.00

        • Signed by Prince Charles and Prince Diana in 1982
        • Showing the couple with the young Prince William

        The marriage of the Prince & Princess of Wales, Prince Charles (1948-) and Princess Diana (1961-1997) remains one of the most talked about relationships in history. As such, both signatures, particularly Diana's, are highly sought after today.

        This stiff white greeting card measures 6" x 7" and is embossed with two gold crests. This autographed card features a colour photograph of the Prince of Wales, dressed in a crisp white shirt. A baby Prince William sits on Diana's lap.

        The 1982 card is addressed to Mrs. Williams and reads "With all good wishes for Christmas and the New Year" in strong black lettering. Underneath this printed greeting, Charles has signed in black fountain pen "and for the racing season! From Charles and ", Diana finishes simply with her autograph in blue ink alongside. The flourish of their black and blue fountain pens finishes with underlined emphasis under their names.

        The autographs are in excellent condition. Some wear to the cover due to previous mounting, signatures are unaffected.

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      • Marilyn Monroe High School Class Photograph 1941
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        Marilyn Monroe High School Class Photograph 1941

        £1,750.00

        • A rare high school photograph showing a young Marilyn Monroe 

        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.

        An 8” x 24½” sepia tone junior high school class photograph from 1941 featuring around 800 pupils including Norma Jean Baker who would later become known as Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.

        With some creasing and bumping to the edges, otherwise in very good condition.

        “Ralph Waldo Emerson Junior High School, Los Angeles – Class of Summer 1941” is printed across the bottom of the photograph.

        The reverse has been signed by a number of Monroe’s classmates (although not Monroe herself). 

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