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  • 1966 England World Cup Squad Signed Menu
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    1966 England World Cup Squad Signed Menu

    £3,950.00

    1966 England World Cup Squad Signed Menu

    • Menu signed by all 22 members of the 1966 World Cup-winning football team
    • Signed on an Anglo-American Sporting Club dinner evening menu

    The 1966 FIFA World Cup is the only World Cup football tournament to have been won by England, who beat West Germany 4-2 in the final on July 30, 1966.

    The 1966 World Cup final is remembered by football fans for a number of reasons besides being England's only World Cup victory. The game was the first (and only) time that any single player had scored three goals in a World Cup final with Geoff Hurst scoring three of England's four goals.

    The game is also remembered for the controversy that surrounded England's third goal. England's Geoff Hurst kicked the ball which bounced off the underside of the cross bar onto, or just over, the line.

    An Anglo-American Sporting Club boxing dinner evening menu signed by the all 22 members of the 1966 England Word Cup football team at the London Hilton on June 20, 1966.

    A rare set of football signatures.

     

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    1966 England World Cup Squad Signed Programme

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    1966 England World Cup Squad Signed Programme

    For Sale: £3,500.00

    • Royal Variety Performance programme signed by all 11 members of the 1966 World Cup winning team
    • Additionally signed by team manager Alf Ramsey and reserves Callaghan, Clarke, Hollins, Tambling and Labone.

    The 1966 FIFA World Cup is the only World Cup football tournament to have been won by England, who beat West Germany 4-2 in the final on July 30, 1966.

    The 1966 World Cup final is remembered by football fans for a number of reasons besides being England's only World Cup victory. The game was the first (and only) time that any single player had scored three goals in a World Cup final with Geoff Hurst scoring three of England's four goals.

    A Royal Variety Performance programme from November 14, 1966, signed by the England football squad who were invited on stage at the London Palladium during the evening’s performance.

    The team were gathered together on this date as they were to play Wales in a home international game on November 16. The starting line up for the Wales vs England match was the same as that for the 1966 World Cup Final between England and Germany earlier that year.

    The programme is signed by all 11 of the World Cup winning players. 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 superb set of autographs.

     

  • Albert Einstein signed letter
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    Albert Einstein signed letter

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    Albert Einstein signed letter addressed to Corliss Lamont

    For Sale: £8,250

     

    Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was a German born theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner.

    A hand typed letter from Albert Einstein, on embossed headed paper 112, Mercer Street, Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A., measuring approximately 8½" x 11".

    The letter, dated January 2, 1954, reads in full: "Dear Mr Lamont I thank you for sending me your excellent statement which I had, of course, already seen. Through your attitude you have rendered the country an important service. There is one point in your statement which I regretted. It is your declaration that you have never been a member of the Communist party. For party membership is a thing about which no citizen has any obligation to give an accounting for. Sincerely Yours Albert Einstein"

    Einstein has signed the bottom of the letter in black ink 'A. Einstein'.

    Corliss Lamont has typed his reply (Dated January 25, 1954) on the reverse of Einstein's letter, in full:

    Dear Dr Einstein Thank you very much for your kind note on January 2nd. You have a real point about my voluntary statement to Senator McCarthy, that I was not a member of the Communist Party. I have worried about this a great deal and I am not at all sure that I should have included that. I am preparing for publication a pamphlet on this whole subject, entitled Challenge to McCarthy. The heart of it consists of a re-write of the enclosed article that was published in The Nation in its special issue on civil liberties in December. Since I discuss the case of Dr Sadowitz and the whole matter of the Congressional inquisitions, I would like very much to include as one appendix of your excellent letter to Mr Frauenglass of May 16, 1953. Since this was published in the New York Times, I presume that you have no objection to me using it. However, I want to check with you specifically before going ahead. Sincerely yours, Corliss Lamont Given

    Einstein's links to Germany and Zionism, his socialist ideals, and his links to Communist figures, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation kept a file on Einstein that grew to 1,427 pages.

    Corliss Lamont (March 28, 1902 – April 26, 1995), was a socialist philosopher, and advocate of various left-wing and civil liberties causes. As a part of his political activities he was the Chairman of National Council of American-Soviet Friendship starting from early 1940s.

    A unique piece of Einstein memorabilia

  • American Express Company stock certificate signed by William Fargo
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    • A piece of early history from one of America's greatest financial institutions

    William Fargo (1818-1881) was an American businessman who co-founded the famous express firm Wells, Fargo & Co. in 1852.

    The company provided financial services to miners, merchants and ranchers during the Gold Rush, and became the biggest mail deliverer, bank, express agency and stagecoach company in the West.

    Fargo was also a co-founder of American Express, which began life as a mail delivery company in Buffalo, New York in 1850, before expanding into money order services in the 1880s and becoming one of the world's biggest financial institutions.

    Fargo served as the president of American Express from 1868 to his death in 1881. Today, the company is the 22nd most valuable brand in the world, estimated at $14.9bn.

    This stock certificate for fifteen shares in the American Express Company was issued to an Edward A. Hastings on May 17, 1873.

    It is signed at the bottom by William Fargo as the company president.

    The certificate measures 11.5" x 7.5", and features expected stamps and cancellation holes.

  • Annie Lennox Autograph
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    Annie Lennox Autograph

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    Annie Lennox Autograph

    For Sale: £50.00

    Annie Lennox came to international fame as part of musical duo, Eurythmics, selling over 75 million albums globally. Her solo career has been highly regarded by critics and acknowledge by numerous awards, including an Oscar for her work on Lord of The Rings.

    Lennox is an active philanthropist who has used her celebrity to draw attention to charity organisations such as Oxfam, Amnesty International, Comic Relief and Greenpeace.

    This autographed card by Lennox measures 3" x 5". Written in blue ink, the signature and card are in fine condition.

  • Apollo 11 Crew Autographs
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    Apollo 11 Crew Autographs

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    Apollo 11 Crew Autographs

    For Sale: £6,950.00

    • Set of three autographs from the Apollo 11 Moon landing crew - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins

     

    A set of 3 autographs from each member of the Apollo 11 crew.

    Neil Armstrong has signed in black ink across a 5” x 3” piece of off-white paper. Neil Armstong's signature has seen a giant leap in value since he passed away in 2012, 

    Buzz Aldrin has signed in blue ink across a 3.9” x 2.6” off white card with a printed maroon border.

    Michael Collins has signed in black ink across an Apollo 11 commemorative stamp from the Democratic Republic of Congo on a 3½” x 2½” cream coloured card.

    An excellent, clear set of signatures from the Apollo 11 crew.

     

     

  • Archbishop Makarios Autograph
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    Archbishop Makarios Autograph

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    Archbishop Makarios Autograph

    For Sale: £150.00

    Archbishop Makarios (1913-1977) became Cyprus's first president after the British granted the island independence in 1959. He served three terms as president, surviving four assassination attempts and one coup.

    Before he became president, Makarios was deported from Britain due to his refusal to denounce the use of violence and his alleged support of EOKA, the National Organisation for Cypriot Combatants, guerrilla activists. Such accusations tainted his international reputation, but did not dissuade him from encouraging peaceful relations between the island's Greek and Turkish communities.

    This 3½" x 5" white card bears Makarios' signature: "F. Archbishop Makarios". The autograph is written in flowing red ink. Some very light toning to the document. In very good condition, crisp edged paper and clear signature.

  • Bebe Daniels & Ben Lyon Autographed Photograph
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    Bebe Daniels & Ben Lyon Autographed Photograph

    £150.00

    Bebe Daniels & Ben Lyon Autographed Photograph

    For Sale: £150.00

    Ben Lyon began (1901-1979) his career as an actor on Broadway. He starred in a number of Hollywood movies, notably 1930's Hell's Angels. Following the decline of his acting career he became a studio executive with 20th Century Fox.

    It was while working at 20th Century Fox that Lyon discovered a young actress, Norma Jeane Dougherty, renamed her Marilyn Monroe, organised her first colour screen test, and signed her to her first studio contract. Of Monroe, he is quoted as saying that she was "Jean Harlow all over again".

    Lyon married Bebe Daniels (1901-1971) in 1930, at the height of his success. Daniels was a star in her own right, carving out a career as a child actress in Hollywood's silent movies. She made over 230 films during her career and, from the 1950s, worked on radio and television to much acclaim in England.

    This beautiful photograph shows the successful couple bathed in soft light. The Hollywood sheen of glamour is evident; flawless skin and engaging eyes. Lyon's hair is greased back neatly, his eyebrows slightly furrowed with intensity. Daniel's hair is softly curled, her eyes and lips glossed heavily in make-up.

    Sepia-toned, and mounted, the photograph measures 6½" x 4½", without mounting. Both the signatures of Daniels and Lyon feature in the bottom portion of the photograph: "Our best wishes, Bebe Daniels, Ben Lyon".

    The photograph is in excellent condition, the autographs distinctly marked on the photograph's white border.

  • Bert Lahr signed photograph as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz
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    • A highly rare piece of memorabilia from one of the greatest films in cinema history.

    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 signed "To Vickie, with love, Uncle Bert" at the top of the image in blue ink. The photograph was originally inscribed to Lahr's niece Vickie Arthur.

    Bert 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 considered highly rare.

  • Buzz Aldrin Autographed Magnificent Desolation First Edition
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    Buzz Aldrin Autographed Magnificent Desolation First Edition

    For Sale: £750.00

    Buzz Aldrin is an American mechanical engineer and astronaut who was the Lunar Module pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned landing on the moon in history. On July 20 1969, he became the second person to set foot on the moon behind mission commander Neil Armstrong.

    Magnificent Desolation (2009) is a book by Buzz Aldrin which features beautiful images from the Apollo 11 mission with words from the famous astronaut. It was published to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing in history.

    This first edition copy of Magnificent Desolation is limited to five hundred copies, all of which have been signed by Aldrin.

    This copy features Aldrin's autograph clearly in blue ink on a white page at the front of the book. It comes complete with a Certificate of Authenticity stating that the book was hand-signed by Buzz Aldrin on August 21 2008 in the presence of Jack Bacon (publisher). The certificate is signed by Bacon and Gregory G. Krisilas of Coconut Rose Books.

    A wonderful memoir of one the most incredible historic events.

  • Café Chambord Guest Book Signed by Stars of the 1940s
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    • A 1940s-era guest book from the famous Café Chambord in New York, signed by its celebrity clientele 
    • Signatures include Hollywood stars such as Alfred Hitchcock, Gene Kelly, Ingrid Bergman and Natalie Wood

    The Café Chambord was a New York restaurant famous for its French haute cuisine, and an intimate atmosphere which attracted celebrity diners.

    The restaurant was established in 1936 by Roger Chauveron, who began his cooking career in Paris at the age of 12 and immigrated to the U.S in 1924.

    Unlike many of the city's most glamorous restaurants, the Café Chambord was simply-decorated with a rustic charm, and a glass wall which allowed diners to watch their food being prepared in the kitchen.

    It was renowned for serving simple French country cooking, and first became popular with wealthy European emigrants fleeing the Nazis during the late 1930s.

    As its reputation grew, it became a destination for sophisticated diners and celebrities alike - although rarely appeared in the society gossip columns, and remained a place to escape from the spotlight for the evening.

    Chauveron sold the restaurant in 1950, and having moved from its original location on Third Avenue in 1963, the Café Chambord eventually closed its doors in August 1964.

    This Café Chambord guest book includes numerous signatures, with entries dating from October 12, 1944 until June 3, 1948.

    Notable autographs include Alfred Hitchcock, who signed alongside a sketch of his famous profile; Gene Kelly; Ingrid Bergman; Edward G. Robinson; Natalie Wood; Mary Pickford; Alan Ladd; Olivia de Havilland; Charles Coburn; heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey; and film producer Michael Todd.

    A superb set of autographs from Hollywood's Golden Age, and an evocative piece of New York history.

  • Charles and Diana autographed HMS Britannia photograph
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    Charles and Diana autographed HMS Britannia photograph

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    Charles and Diana signed HMS Britannia photograph

     

    For Sale: £2,500

     

    The Prince & Princess of Wales, Prince Charles (1948-) and Princess Diana (1961-1997)

    A rare autographed photograph signed by both the Prince, and Princess of Wales. The photograph shows the Royal couple sitting on the deck of HM Yacht Britannia during the Royal tour to Canada in 1983, in a group portrait with staff and crew.

    The photograph was presented to a member of staff as a commemorative gift. The photo measures approx 11” x 8.5”. It is accompanied by an information booklet from the HM Yacht Britannia ‘for members, officials and staff of the Royal Household’.

    Also included is a letter of provenance from the original owner explaining how the item was gifted to her as she left the Royal service.

    A very rare item

  • 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

  • Charles Lindbergh Autographed Menu
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    Charles Lindbergh Autographed Menu

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    Charles Lindbergh Autographed Menu

    For Sale: £1,500.00

    Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) came to fame with his Orteig prize-winning solo non-stop flight from New York to Paris in 1927. The U.S. army reserve officer travelled a distance of nearly 3,600 statute miles in the Spirit of St. Louis, a single-seat, single-engine monoplane. Awarded a Medal of Honour for his exploit, he was rocketed to international fame, which culminated in the kidnap and murder of his son, which was dubbed the "Crime of the Century".

    In addition to being an aviator, Lindbergh was an accomplished author, explorer, inventor and social activist. His impressive and pioneering feats in aviation have led him to become one of the most valuable and sought after pilots for collectors.

    This menu card from Club Cartagena details the menu options for a banquet held in honour of Lindbergh. He has signed the top left space of the card in blue ink. Other signatures and handwritten text feature on the reverse. Some smudging to the ink, light toning and folding.

    A unique piece of memorabilia.

  • Charles Lindbergh signed photograph
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    Charles Lindbergh signed photograph

    £9,500.00


    Charles Augustus Lindbergh

    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.

    The photo would make an amazing museum quality display piece if coupled with the signed fabric of the Spirit of St Louis

  • Charles Schulz Autograph on Film Still
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    Charles Schulz Autograph on Film Still

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    Charles Schulz Autograph on Film Still

    For Sale: £750.00

    American cartoonist Charles Schulz (1922-2000) is best known for his comic strip Peanuts which featured the now iconic characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy.

    Peanuts was published in over 2,600 newspapers, in 75 countries and 21 languages and reprints of the strip regularly appear in newspapers today.

    This film still is from Snoopy, Come Home, a 1972 animated musical film. Although initially a box office flop, the film has since become a huge success due to multiples television airings and its release on DVD.

    The still features the autograph of Charles Schulz in bold black ink above a drawing of Snoopy packing a suitcase.

  • Charles Schulz Autograph on Is This Good-bye, Charlie Brown?
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    Charles Schulz Autograph on Is This Good-bye, Charlie Brown?

    For Sale: £395.00

    Printed by Random House, New York, this is a hard-back copy of Is This Good-bye Charlie Brown?

    Schulz has signed the inside cover page: "To Matt - Charles M. Schulz".

    The book is in pristine condition.

  • Charles Schulz Signed Copy of Charlie Brown & Charles Schulz
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    Charles Schulz Signed Copy of Charlie Brown & Charles Schulz

    For Sale: £395.00

    Printed by NY: World Publishing Company, 1970, this is a hardback copy with dustjacket.

    Measuring 8¾" x 11¼" and totaling 160 pages.

    The book is signed and inscribed in felt tip pen on the first page:

    "For Stephen, with best wishes, Charles M. Schulz"

    There are a few tears and stains to the dust-jacket but otherwise the book is in fine condition.

  • Claude Monet Autographed Letter
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    Claude Monet Autographed Letter

    For Sale: £4,950.00

    • Rare letter signed by revered Impressionist artist Claude Monet in 1920
    • Written on "Giverny par Vernon. Eure" stationary - Monet's famous home
    • Clear, bold signature with the letter in fantastic condition

    Claude Monet (1840-1926) was a French artist and a founder of the Impressionist movement, which takes its name from the his painting, Impression: soleil levant.

    He is perhaps most famous for his wonderful, dream-like works of water lillies, which were the main focus of his artistic production during the last thirty years of his life, inspired by his flower garden at his home in Giverny, France.

    This fantastic item is an autographed note, written in French, from Monet acknowleding a payment of 40,000 francs. The note spans one side of a single sheet measuring 5" x 6.6", and is dated 28 February 1920.

    The note contains a letterhead reading "Giverny par Vernon. Eure". This was Monet's home in his later life, as well as home to his garden which was the inspiration behind his water lily and weeping willow paintings.

    The letter reads, in English:

    "Just a note to acknowledge the receipt of your check of 40,000 francs and to thank you for the articles that you sent me which I will inspect. You have bought a lot at this sale".

    This wonderful item, which features Monet's signature clearly, is in very good condition.

     

  • Clyde Tombaugh Autograph on Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter
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    Clyde Tombaugh Autograph on Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter

    For Sale: £395.00

    Clyde W. Tombaugh (1906-1997) is the American astronomer who discovered the dwarf planet Pluto in 1930. During the course of his career, he also discovered nearly 800 asteroids and the first object in the Kuiper Belt.

    Tombaugh travelled the United States giving talks on astronomy, in particular, his discovery of Pluto. During the talks he would often share his light hearted version of the Ten Commandments called "Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter".

    The commandments are as follows:

    "Behold the heavens and the great vastness thereof, for a planet could be anywhere therein.

    Thou shalt dedicate thy whole being to the search project with infinite patience and perseverance.

    Though shalt set no other work before thee for the search shall keep thee busy enough.

    Though shalt take the plates at opposition time lest thou be deceived by asteroids near their stationary positions.

    Though shalt duplicate the plates with a pair at the same hour angle lest refraction distortions overtake thee.

    Thou shalt give adequate overlap of adjacent plate regions lest the planet play hide and seek with thee.

    Thou must not become ill in the dark of the moon lest thou fall behind the opposition point.

    Thou shalt have no dates except at full moon when long exposure plates cannot be taken at the telescope.

    Many false planets shall appear before thee, hundreds of them, and thou shalt check every one with a third plate.

    Thou shalt not engage in any dissipation, that thy years may be many for thou shalt need them to finish the job!"

    This is a souvenir copy of Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter according to Clyde Tombaugh measuring 8½" x 11".

    Tombaugh would sell these souvenir copies at talks he gave about his discovery of Pluto so that he could raise money for scholarships for young people to study planetary science.

    This sheet has been signed "Clyde W. Tombaugh, 31 July 1984" in blue ink across the bottom.

    The sheet features some archive folds which do not affect the autograph. Otherwise in excellent condition.

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    Clyde Tombaugh Autographed Sketch of Solar System

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    Clyde Tombaugh Autographed Sketch of Solar System

    For Sale: £2,500.00

    • Signed sketch of the Solar System from astronomer Clyde Tombaugh

    American astronomer, Clyde Tombaugh (1906-1997) is most famous for discovering the planet Pluto in 1930. During his career he also discovered many asteroids, variable stars, star clusters, galaxy clusters and a galaxy supercluster.

    This is an original sketch by Clyde Tombaugh showing the orbit of Pluto in comparison to the orbits of Earth, Saturn and Neptune.

    The pencil sketch has been drawn on a sheet of off-white card measuring 5½" x 7½". There are several compass holes in the card but it is otherwise in fine condition.

    Tombaugh has titled the sketch "SOLAR SYSTEM" and has signed and inscribed "Drawn by Clyde Tombaugh, 18 Sept 1990" below the title.

  • Clyde Tombaugh Autographed Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter
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    Clyde Tombaugh Autographed Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter

    For Sale: £395.00

    American astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh (1906-1997) is best known for discovering the planet Pluto. He also discovered many asteroids (nearly 800) and the first object in what would later become known as the Kuiper Belt. He had a great interest in alien life and called for serious scientific research into UFOs.

    Tombaugh would often share his own, tongue in cheek, version of the Ten Commandments during talks. His version, is called Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter, and reads as follows:

    "Behold the heavens and the great vastness thereof, for a planet could be anywhere therein.

    Thou shalt dedicate thy whole being to the search project with infinite patience and perseverance.

    Though shalt set no other work before thee for the search shall keep thee busy enough.

    Though shalt take the plates at opposition time lest thou be deceived by asteroids near their stationary positions.

    Though shalt duplicate the plates with a pair at the same hour angle lest refraction distortions overtake thee.

    Thou shalt give adequate overlap of adjacent plate regions lest the planet play hide and seek with thee.

    Thou must not become ill in the dark of the moon lest thou fall behind the opposition point.

    Thou shalt have no dates except at full moon when long exposure plates cannot be taken at the telescope.

    Many false planets shall appear before thee, hundreds of them, and thou shalt check every one with a third plate.

    Thou shalt not engage in any dissipation, that thy years may be many for thou shalt need them to finish the job!"

    This is a souvenir copy of Ten Special Commandments for a Would-Be Planet Hunter according to Clyde Tombaugh measuring 8½" x 11".

    Tombaugh would sell these souvenir copies at talks he gave about his discovery of Pluto so that he could raise money for scholarships for young people to study planetary science.

    This copy has been inscribed by Tombaugh: "To Rev. William Ward, with best wishes, Clyde W. Tombaugh, 7 May 1984".

    The sheet features some archive folds but is otherwise in excellent condition.

    The autograph and inscription from Clyde Tombaugh feature clearly across the top of the page.

  • Colonel Tom Parker Autographed Photograph
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    Colonel Tom Parker Autographed Photograph

    £750.00

    Colonel Tom Parker Autographed Photograph

    For Sale: £750.00

    Colonel Tom Parker (1909-1997) was the mysterious character who shaped the career of Elvis Presley. As The King's talent manager, Parker masterminded every aspect of the singer's rise to fame. This was not a cheap service and Parker charged far more than the usual manager's fee; later in Presley's career he took up to 50 per cent of the star's earnings.

    This signed colour photograph measures 10" x 8" and is signed and inscribed by Parker in black felt tip, To Michael, Best wishes, The Colonel. The autograph and photo are in very fine condition.

  • Dana Delany Signed Photograph
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    Dana Delany Signed Photograph

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    Dana Delany Signed Photograph

    For Sale: £75.00

    American actress Dana Delany (1954-) rose to fame as Colleen McMurphy on the small screen's China Beach. She has also starred in a number of successful stage and film productions. In recent years, her role as Katherine Mayfair on Desperate Housewives has been well received. She has been nominated for two Golden Globes and has won several Emmys.

    This autographed photo by Delany measures 10" x 8". The photograph shows the actress in a seductive seated pose.

    The autograph and photograph are in fine condition.

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    David Scott Autographed Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

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    David Scott Autographed Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

    For Sale: £495.00

    David Randolf Scott (1932-) was commander of the Apollo 15 mission, seventh person to walk on the Moon and first person to drive on the Moon. He also holds the title of the last American to fly solo in earth orbit.

    Scott was a key player in the "Stamp Incident". He embarrassed NASA by taking 398 commemorative first day covers to the Moon, with the intention of selling them upon his return. 100 were sold to a German stamp dealer. It was intended that the stamps would provide trust funds for the Apollo 15 crew's children.

    By trying to profit from the Apollo 15 mission, the crew had breached NASA's rules. An example of was made of Scott and his crew, and none of them flew in space again. The embarrassment did not destroy his career, however, and he became Center Director of NASA's Flight Research Centre, 1975-1977.

    This 11" x 7½" printed page features Scott's sweeping diagonal signature on the bottom left corner. The sheet is printed with the details of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, 1963, which was an important step in global diplomatic efforts to end the armaments race between nations.

    The treaty prohibited nuclear detonation tests in the atmosphere and underwater in an attempt to preserve the environment, though did allow for testing in underground facilities so long as debris stayed within the boundaries of the nation that was conducting the tests.

    The document is in very good condition, with only one tear to a corner, which does not interfere with the autograph or text.

  • Disney Animators and Voice Actors Autographs and Sketches
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    Disney Animators and Voice Actors Autographs and Sketches

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    Disney Animators and Voice Actors Autographs and Sketches

    For Sale: £1,500.00

    • Signed first edition copy of Walt Disney's America book
    • Autographs of 12 Disney animators and voice actors, including four of the legendary "Nine Old Men"
    • Additional drawings of Disney's most famous characters by those who created them

    Walt Disney (1901-1966) is most famous for his influential work in cartoons and his globally-successful business empire. His innovations, both in animation and in theme park design, will never be forgotten. A superb film produced, he was nominated for 59 Academy Awards, winning 26.

    The Disney franchise continues to enthrall legions of fans today, some 90 years after the company was founded. This ensures that the market for Disney memorabilia remains strong, with top items consistently seeing fantastic results at auction.

    This signed first edition book, Walt Disney's America from NY Abbeville Press's 1978 first printing is signed by 12 Disney animators and voice actors, who have autographed the inside front cover and opening pages in a variety of inks. Some of the signers have inscribed notes addressed to 'Terry', with superb additional sketches of some of the most beloved characters - including Mickey Mouse.

    Some light ink transfer from the signatures and mild handling to the book, otherwise in fine condition.

    The nickname "Nine Old Men" was given to the core animators at Walt Disney Productions, many of whom were in their thirties and forties at the time. Four of the 'Nine Old Men' have signed this item; Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Marc Davis and Ward Kimball who includes a sketch of Mickey.

    Thomas was master craftsman of the 'baddie'; his work includes Cinderella's Stepmother, Alice in Wonderland's Queen of Hearts and Peter Pan's Captain Hook.

    Likewise, Davis created Sleeping Beauty's iconic Maleficent and the evil Cruella De Vil from One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

    Johnston first worked on Snow White before progressing to work in Peter Pan, Cinderella and Robin Hood.

    Ward Kimball created Pinocchio's Jiminy Cricket, Lucifer, Jaq and Gus in Cinderella and the Mad hatter and Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland.

    Animator Sam McKim has added a rare sketch of Abraham Lincoln, while Bill Justice, co-creator of Chip N'Dale, has added a sketch of Mickey Mouse.

    Likewise, Ken Anderson (art director) and Andreas Deja (supreme villain animator) have also sketched Mickey Mouse, the latter showing slight yellow haloing.

    The signatures of Tony Baxter (imaginer/designer), Carl banks (Donald Duck artist) Jack Wagner (original voice of the Magic Kingdom) and Herbert Ryman (background artist and designer of the Disneyland Castle) are also inscribed.

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

    For Sale: £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 famously regretted illustrating Winnie the Pooh, as he felt it overshadowed his work as a political cartoonist.

    The artist 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."

    Description

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

    The ink drawing, which is extremely detailed, 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.

    This is a delightfully detailed piece of cartoon art from one of the world's best loved illustrators.

    E H Shepard market

    Sotheby's December 2012 auction of the Michael Winner collection realised $1.8m, with the world record for E H Shepard's work set at $224,505 by a fantastic early depiction of Pooh with Christopher Robin.

    As a result of the sale and the huge media attention it garnered, the market for E H Shepard's drawings has never been stronger. However, the current popularity of Shepard's work has resulted in the market being awash with counterfeits. All of our items are sold with a Free Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee.

     

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