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A Nelson Mandela autograph on photo, taken during his historic first state visit to Britain in 1996
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Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) was a South African politician, anti-apartheid revolutionary and philanthropist, who spent his life battling racial injustice.
He spent 27 years in prison for fighting apartheid and opposing the South African government, and was initially labelled a terrorist by some Western governments.
Mandela was finally released from jail in 1990 and helped negotiate the end of apartheid, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1993 along with President F. W. de Klerk.
In 1994 he was then elected President in the country's first multiracial general election, and served as the head of state until 1999.
This colour photograph depicts Mandela giving his historic speech to Parliament on July 11, 1996.
The photograph also features Lord MacKay of Clashfern (the Lord Chancellor), and Betty Boothroyd (Speaker of the House of Commons), both of whom also gave speeches that day.
The photograph is signed boldly by all three in black ink. Mandela has also dated his autograph "10.4.99".
The photograph is framed and glazed, and measures 24.5 x 34cm.
During his four-day visit to the UK Mandela stayed at Buckingham Palace as a guest of Queen Elizabeth II; hosted a music concert at the Royal Albert Hall to raise funds for South African children's charities; visited Brixton, the heart of London's black community; and gave an impassioned speech to Parliament.
According to reports, members of Parliament brought their families along with them to witness the speech inside a packed Westminster Hall.
He was introduced on stage by Betty Boothroyd, Speaker of the House of Commons, who stated:
"You spent more than a third of your life in prison, though your spirit was freer there than those of your captors outside."
Mandela's speech mentioned the often fraught relationship between Britain and South Africa over the past two centuries; the struggle to rebuild his country and unify its people; and the continuing fight against racism around the world.
He stated:"Racism is a blight on the human conscience.
"The idea that any people can be inferior to another, to the point where those who consider themselves superior define and treat the rest as sub-human, denies the humanity even of those who elevate themselves to the status of gods."
This exceptional signed photo is a wonderful tribute to one of the most universally admired figures in history.
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- 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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