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  • Admiral Nelson signed letter
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    Admiral Nelson signed letter

    £8,500.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Below Napoleon signs “Nelson & Bronte”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    £14,950.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 £112,500.00

    Great Britain 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.

    Read the full history of this unique Mulready here: Full History.

    You can also read our newsletter on this item here

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  • A magnificent mint block of 12 Penny Blacks
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    Great Britain 1840 Penny Black mint block of 12 - SG2

    £695,000.00 £625,500.00

    Great Britain 1840 1d black, plate 3, SG2 mint block of 12.
    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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  • Harry Houdini signed photograph
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    Harry Houdini signed photograph

    £3,950.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • James Dean Signed Yearbook Page
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    James Dean Signed Yearbook Page

    £7,950.00

    • James Dean's yearbook from Fairmount High School, 1949
    • Rare signing of "Jim" by the soon-to-be screen star
    • Brilliant caption, naming Dean as "our regular basketball guy"
    • Learn more about this piece here 

    James Dean (1931-1955) was an American actor, who has gone on to become a cultural icon - the ultimate Rebel Without a Cause. Due to his death at an early age, his memorabilia is incredibly rare and valuable, giving rise to the term "The James Dean Effect".

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

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

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

     

  • John Lennon Autograph
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    John Lennon Autograph on Customs Declaration

    £7,950.00

    •  A 1980 customs declaration signed by John Lennon in bold blue pen
    • A remarkable record of his last trip outside of the United States, daring to four months before his assassination
    • Includes Lennon's personal details and New York address
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    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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    • King Henry VIII Autographed Document
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      King Henry VIII Autographed Document

      £65,000.00

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

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

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

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

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

      Description & history

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

      A large 11.3 x 8.5 inches - perfect for display.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Provenance

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

      Rarity

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

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

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

      Paul Fraser’s view:

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

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

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

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

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    • King Henry VIII Autographed Petition
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      King Henry VIII Signed Petition

      £90,000.00

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

      King Henry VIII

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

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

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

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

      Description

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

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

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

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

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

      Four lines at the head of the document read:

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Rarity

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

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

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

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

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    • Mahatma Gandhi's personal food bowl, fork and spoons
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      Mahatma Gandhi's personal food bowl, fork and spoons

      £75,000.00

      • Historically important metal food bowl, two wooden spoons and a wooden fork owned by Mahatma Gandhi, "Father of the Nation"

      • Used by Gandhi during his incarceration at Aga Khan Palace in Pune, as well as at the Palm-Bun house, Juhu Beach, Mumbai

      • Provenance from shipping magnate Sumati Morajee, owner of Palm-Bun house, who cared for Gandhi while there

      • Get more information about this item here 

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

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

      Without doubt one of the most historically important collections we have ever had the pleasure of offering

      A collection of eating utensils, comprising a metal food bowl, a simple wooden fork and two wooden spoons belonging to Mahatma Gandhi.

      The food bowl measures approximately 2½" high by 8" in diameter and carries the stamped numbers to its base '208/42'. The spoons and fork are approximately 6½" in length. All items are in good condition.

      The items belonged to Gandhi and were used by him at the Palm-Bun house, owned by shipping magnate Sumati Morarjee, at Juhu Beach, Bombay (Mumbai).

      According to Morarjee family lore the utensils were used by Gandhi during his incarceration at the Aga Khan's palace in Pune from 9 August 1942 to 6 May 1944, and then taken to their home at Juhu Beach.

      Gandhi first visited the Palm-Bun house in 1915 after his return from South Africa. He also spent extended periods of time at the home, most notably in 1924 after his surgery for appendicitis and in 1944 after his release from detention at the Aga Khan's palace in Pune.

      During both extended visits Gandhi was cared for by Sumati Morarjee, a close associate of Gandhi's who was actively involved in the underground movement for independence.

      Morarjee is also known as the first woman of Indian shipping, and is credited as the first woman in the world to head an organisation of ship owners, the Indian National Steamship Owners Association. In 1971 she was awarded the second highest civilian honour of India for her civil services.

      These items were subsequently kept by Sumati Morarjee at her home, in an unofficial museum. The items are documented in the book Sumati Morarjee Felicitation Volume (1970) and also in Vithalbhai Jhaveri's epic film biography of Gandhi.

      Provenance: The collection of Sumati Morarjee.

      An exceptional collection of Gandhi memorabilia. 

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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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    • Nelson Mandela signed photograph
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      Nelson Mandela signed photograph

      £4,950.00

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

      • Discover more about this item here 

      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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    • Charles Lindbergh Spirit St Louis
      • One of the largest pieces of original Spirit of St Louis fabric ever offered for sale
      • 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
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      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 - among the largest ever offered for sale. 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.

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

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

      £17,500.00

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      • 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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      Steve McQueen autograph

      £2,950.00

      • A Steve McQueen cut autograph in a black frame 
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      Steve McQueen (1930-1980) is among the most iconic actors of his generation. He brought a detached cool presence in a swathe of wildly popular roles, including Bullitt, The Great Escape and The Thomas Crowne Affair.

      A high quality Steve McQueen cut autograph on album page, presented in an attractive black frame with a photograph of the star.

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      The Beatles 1963 signatures in autograph album

      £9,950.00

      • Set of gorgeous Beatles autographs: John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison
      • Accompanied by another page from an autograph book, where Lennon has also signed "Benny Higgins (Juggler)"
      • Also accompanied by a ticket stub for Princess Theatre, Torquay, Sunday 18th August 1963
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      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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      The Beatles signed A Hard Day's 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
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      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 Day's 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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    • Winston Churchill Signed Document
      • A document signed by one of the most significant world leaders in 20th century history

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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