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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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  • Great Britain 1840 2d Mulready envelope SGME4,2
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    Great Britain 1840 2d Mulready envelope SGME4,2

    £125,000.00

    Great Britain 1840 22 Mulready envelope SGME4,2

    For Sale: £125,000

    1840 2d Mulready Envelope (Forme 1, Stereo a202).

    Very fine used example uprated to the 6d per 3oz rate with four additional 1d blacks from plate 8 lettered QA, SE, SG & SJ (SE & SG State 2 provisional printing) all neatly cancelled by crisp black Maltese Crosses.

    Sent from London to Dulwich with a "T.P./Cheif Office" handstamp and circulare date stamp on reverse for AU.19.1841.

    Some soiling nevertheless a spectacular uprated franking, one of only two recorded 6d frankings prepaid with four additional 1d blacks.

    Ex Yates & "Mayflower" Collections. Accompanied by a 1996 British Philatelic Association Certificate of Authenticity.

    One of the great rarities of Great Britain Philately.

    An ex Stanley Gibbons stock item.

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  • James Dean Signed Yearbook Page
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    James Dean Signed Yearbook Page

    £7,950.00

    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.

     

  • 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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  • Marilyn Monroe Autographed Magazine Cut-Out
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    Marilyn Monroe Autographed Magazine Cut-Out

    £7,500.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 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.

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  • A magnificent mint block of 12 Penny Blacks
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    Penny Black mint block of 12

    £675,000.00

    This mint block of 12 Penny Black stamps is the largest known multiple from Plate 3 in private hands. 
    • Provenance from the esteemed Chartwell Collection.
    • Accompanied by a 2012 British Philatelic Association (BPA) certificate.
    • One of the crown jewels of Great Britain philately.
    The magnificent unused original gum, bottom marginal block of 12 is lettered SD-TI, with rare full deckle edge selvedge, four good margins and sheet inscription.
     
    Vertical creasing in "D" and "I" columns does not detract from this being one of the great mint multiples of this issue.

    This is an extremely rare opportunity to own a sizable, mint condition multiple from the original stamp issue, which continues to be one of the most widely collected in the world.

    Plate 3 was the first to be hardened before being put into press, resulting in stamps that were notably stable in printing, with even colour, and showing the deepest shades of black.

    Providing some of the finest stamps of the issue, it soon became worn and was the first plate of the issue to be destroyed. As such, good quality stamps from this plate are a rarity.

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

    £18,000.00

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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