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


    Penny Black mint block of 12

    For Sale: £675,000

    • A mint block of 12 1840 1d. Penny Blacks from Plate 3
    • Largest known multiple from Plat
    • e 3 in private hands
    • Accompanied by a 2012 British Philatelic Association (BPA) certificate
    • Provenance from the esteemed Chartwell Collection

    One of the crown jewels of Great Britain philately.

    1840 1d Black Pl.3. The magnificent unused original gum, bottom marginal block of twelve. Lettered SD-TI, with full deckle edge selvedge 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 - the largest surviving multiple of this rare plate in private hands. Showing four good margins, with rare full selvedge and sheet inscription.


    A magnificent showpiece accompanied by a 2012 British Philatelic Association Certificate of Authenticity. Provenance from the prestigious Chartwell Collection.

    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

    Plate 3 was the first to be hardened before being put into press, resulting in stamps that were notably stable in printing, even in 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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  • Great Britain 1840 2d Mulready envelope SGME4,2
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    Great Britain 1840 2d Mulready envelope SGME4,2


    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.

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


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  • Great Britain SG266a Tyrian Plum Postage Stamp
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    Great Britain SG266a Tyrian Plum Postage Stamp


    Great Britain SG266a Tyrian Plum Postage Stamp

    For Sale: £85,000.00

    • Excellent condition example of the Edward VII 2d. Tyrian Plum, one of Britain's most famous stamps
    • Among the finest of only 12 known examples
    • accompanied by a 1961 British Philatelic Association Certificate of Authenticity

    The 2d Tyrian Plum is one of the most celebrated postage stamps of Great Britain, and a key addition any rare stamp investment portfolio or exhibition-quality collection.

    Issued in May 1910, the stamp arose because of a desire to economise on the costs of stamp production. As a result, all stamps were issued in one colour to reduce ink costs.
    A new 2d stamp, printed in the Tyrian Plum shade and bearing the portrait of King Edward VII, had been agreed and was in the process of being printed.
    One hundred thousand sheets, totaling 24,000,000 stamps, were delivered to the post office stores for distribution to Postmasters.
    However, following the death of Edward VII on 6 May 1910, it was decided not to go ahead with the new stamp and almost all the stock was destroyed.
    To this day only a few examples survive in private hands, making this stamp one of the great rarities of British philately.

    The example offered here is accompanied by a 1961 British Philatelic Association Certificate of Authenticity stating that the stamp is genuine. The stamp has a light gum bend on the reverse, not mentioned on the certificate.
    There are believed to be 12 known examples.
    Only one example is known in 'used' condition. This is postmarked 5th May 1910 and was ironically sent and received by the newly crowned King George V, an avid stamp collector.
    That example is held in the Royal Philatelic Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
    Examples of the Tyrian Plum are rarely seen on the open market. That's reflected in the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue pricing the stamp at £115,000.
    This represents a rare opportunity to purchase one of just 12 known examples of this superb rare stamp, at a significant discount on SG Catalogue.



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  • Hong Kong 96c Olive-Bistre Unique Block of Four Postage Stamps
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    Hong Kong 96c Olive-Bistre Unique Block of Four Postage Stamps


    Hong Kong 96c Olive-Bistre Unique Block of Four Postage Stamps

    For Sale: £960,000.00

    • Unique colour error block of four in outstanding condition
    • A legendary philatelic item - the treasure of Hong Kong postal history
    • Shows an additional error of watermark
    • Previously housed in the most respected Hong Kong collections


    The unique 96c olive-bistre colour error right margin block of four with full original gum, superb centring and exceptionally fresh colour.

    The block shows the original streaky gum associated with all stamps printed at this time. This gum is usually lost, if treated at all. There are two pencil marks on the margin which have been on the block for a long time, their origin is unknown.

    Typical hinge remainders on the reverse and the fourth stamp has a small natural paper inclusion.

    The block also shows the variety error of watermark, which is centred unusually low, with the letters "C C" appearing above the crown and at the top of the stamps.

    Without question the rarest and most important item of Hong Kong philately.


    Following the success of the Great Britain Penny Black stamp in 1840, and the subsequent successful adoption of the pre-paid postal system in other countries, the first stamps of Hong Kong were issued in 1862.

    These first issues of 1862 included seven values; 2c brown, 8c yellow-buff, 12c pale blue, 18c lilac, 24c green, 48c rose, and 96c brownish grey.

    There were two printings of the 96c totalling 138 sheets, with 240 stamps per sheet.

    In 1863, British printers De La Rue changed to a new paper and introduced the Crown over CC (Crown Colony) Watermark as an additional security measure.

    Further printings of the 96c stamps were not required until March 1864, when another 52 sheets were printed and despatched to Hong Kong.

    On delivery, the Hong Kong Post Office failed to notice this new supply of stamps had been printed in an olive-bistre colour, as opposed to the correct 'brownish grey' shade.

    This all-important error of colour was only discovered when the stamps were first needed at the Post Office counters, but it was too late to prevent the incorrect coloured stamp from being used.

    An order for the supply of stamps in the correct colour took six weeks to reach the printers and a further six weeks to be printed and despatched to Hong Kong. During this period old stocks of the 96c brownish grey were exhausted and a few of the olive-bistre colour error had to be circulated.

    The 96c olive-bistre had a very short life. The colour errors were circulated around January/February 1865 until the correct brownish grey stamps became available in late July/August 1865


    Only 48 unused examples have been recorded, including this block of four.

    The block of four is the only unused multiple of the 96c olive-bistre. It is thought that only one other multiple exists - a used pair.

    Such is the importance of the stamp that detailed records are now being kept of all the unused examples and the names of famous collectors, past and present, appear on this roll of honour.

    The key to the rarity of the 96c issue lies with the postal rate of the time. In 1865, the rates for a letter weighing under ½oz, posted from Hong Kong, were as follows

    To U.K. via Southampton 24c

    To U.K. via Marseilles 32c

    To U.S.A. via Southampton 46c

    To U.S.A. via Marseilles 54c

    Local and regional letters 8c

    Hence there was limited demand for the 96c denomination stamp, which explains why only two examples on cover are known to exist. The stamp is a noted rarity of Hong Kong, widely collected among enthusiasts in the area.


    The unique block of four has rarely changed hands or been offered for sale. It has graced only the most important collections of Hong Kong.

    George Burghard

    A noted philatelist from New York, George Burghard assembled specialised collections of Hong Kong and early Switzerland. He sold the 96c olive-bistre block privately circa 1961. He signed the roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 1960.

    Ryohei Ishiwaka

    The Ryohei Ishiwaka Collection of Postage Stamps and Postal History of Hong Kong and Treaty Ports was sold by Sotheby's in December 1980. The 96c olive-bistre block of four was displayed in pride of place on the front cover of the auction catalogue.

    Richard C.K. Chan

    Richard C.K. Chan compiled an extensive collection of Hong Kong Philately which encompassed every aspect of Hong Kong philately. His love of the philately of Hong Kong and the Treaty Ports spanned over 30 years.


    The similarities between the number of unused examples known to exist means that it is inevitable that the 96c olive-bistre is compared to the Small Dollar of China.

    Both stamps are considered to be key in any collection, and there is only one block of four existing of each issue.
    The last single example of the Small Dollar of China to appear at auction sold for HK$3.5m (Approximately £300,000) at auction in September 2010. Another example made $889,765 in July 2013.
    Based on this latest sale price, and given the rarity of the single known block of four in existence, one could conservatively expect it to sell for upwards of HK$17.5m (Approximately £1.5m) should it appear at auction.


    Chinese stamp market

    Stamp collecting was actually banned by Chairman Mao and since his death in 1976 the hobby has thrived.

    Beginning in 2000, the Chinese government reportedly made it an official policy to foster stamp collecting in youngsters - mainly as a way to foster interest in national history.

    Elementary and high school teachers were encouraged to organise clubs. Today, the country is believed to have almost 50,000 philatelic associations, and universities in Fujian and Jiangxi offer elective courses in stamp collecting.

    The sheer size of the Chinese population is key to its large - and growing - representation in the global philatelic community. There are now an estimated 18m stamp collectors in China (one third of the worldwide total).

    Stamps are recognised as an easily traded currency; they are tangible assets that are highly portable. The rarest stamps are considered to be important cultural icons and treasures - just like art.

    The popular 1980 Year of the Monkey 8f stamp is a fair barometer of the market, having increased in value by 373% since 2006.

    Large collections are now being formed as the great and classic stamps are being repatriated by a number of wealthy collectors.

    As previous provenance shows - the collection that features the unique Hong Kong 96c olive-bistre block of four, the jewel of Hong Kong philately, will likely be considered the finest.


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  • King Henry VII Autographed Historical Document
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    King Henry VII Autographed Historical Document


    King Henry VII Autographed Historical Document

    For Sale: £27,500.00

    • Clearly signed "HR" by King Henry VII - the first monarch of the House of Tudor
    • Dated 1499 and address to Sir Robert Lytton, Keeper of the Great Wardrobe
    • Very good condition for age - document is over 500 years old

    Henry VII

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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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    King Henry VIII Autographed Document


    King Henry VIII Autographed Historical Document

    For Sale: £65,000.00

    • Bold, clear signature from Henry VIII - one of England's most iconic monarchs
    • Exceptional content relating to Sir Richard Gresham, financier to the crown and an extremely influential figure
    • 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

    King Henry VIII

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

    Historically, he is well remembered for his 6 wives: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Katherine Parr.

    His life and times have been widely studied, as one of the most intriguing kings in English history.

    The king's role in the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church changed the face of religion in England, and has had a lasting effect that is still felt around the world today.

    His struggles with Rome lead to the separation of the Church of England from papal authority, establishing himself as the Supreme Head of the Church of England.

    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

    The signed document is addressed to John Heron, the Treasurer of the Chamber. In it King Henry VIII informs him:

    "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 orders that "for certayne consideracions us movyng" and informs Heron that the payment of this sum 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 £3,940,000 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 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 allowed 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, and Gresham College, an independently funded educational institution in central London.

    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.


    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.


    Henry VIII is recognised globally due to his role in the historically important changes to the Catholic Church 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.

    It is not surprising that only a limited number of documents have survived the 460+ years since Henry VIII's reign and documents of this quality are exceptionally rare.

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

    Exceptional content - a highly desirable piece.


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  • King Henry VIII Autographed Petition
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    King Henry VIII Autographed Petition


    King Henry VIII Autographed Petition

    For Sale: £90,000.00

    • Rare document signed "Henry R" by one of England's most iconic monarchs
    • Pristine condition
    • Clear signature at head of page
    • Exceptionally large - large oblong folio on vellum
    • 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.

    Historically, he is well remembered for his 6 wives: Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard and Katherine Parr.

    His life and times have been widely studied, as one of the most intriguing kings in English history.

    The king's role in the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church changed the face of religion in England, and has had a lasting effect that is still felt around the world today.

    His struggles with Rome lead to the separation of the Church of England from papal authority, establishing himself as the Supreme Head of the Church of England.

    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.


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

    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.

    A rare petition from John and Dorothy Wingfield to King Henry VIII requesting the right to rent of 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.

    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."

    The document has been signed "Henry" by the king, suggesting that it was signed following the Reformation. Prior to this, he signed documents "Henri".

    The signature is followed by a large R signifying the words, Rex Omnibus, meaning "king of all" in latin.

    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.

    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.

    This 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.


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

    Unsurprisingly, few documents have survived the 460+ years since Henry's death.

    Those that have withstood the tests of time are currently 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


    Mahatma Gandhi's personal metal food bowl, wooden fork and spoons

    For Sale: £75,000

    • Historically important metal food bowl, two wooden spoons and a wooden fork owned by Mahatma Gandhi, "Father of the Nation"
    • Used during his incarceration at Aga Kahn Palace in Pune, as well as at Palm Bun house, Juhu Beach, Mumbai
    • Provenance from shipping magnate Sumati Morajee, owner of Palm Bun house, who cared for Gandhi while there

    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948), commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi or Bapu (Father of Nation), was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights, and freedom across the world.

    Gandhi is known in India as the Father of the Nation; his birthday, 2 October, is commemorated there as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and world-wide as the International Day of Non-Violence.

    His philosophy was not theoretical but one of pragmatism, that is, practicing his principles in the moment. Asked to give a message to the people, he would respond, "My life is my message".

    Gandhi was assassinated on 30 January 1948 while he was walking to a platform from which he was to address a prayer meeting.

    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 to have became 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 honor of India in for her civil services.

    These items were subsequently kept by Sumati Morarjee at her home, in an unoffical 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 Ghandi memorabilia.


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  • Neil Armstrong Hairdressing Scissors & Comb
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    Neil Armstrong Hairdressing Scissors & Comb


    Neil Armstrong Hairdressing Scissors & Comb

    For Sale: £25,000.00

    • One of the most talked about pieces of Neil Armstrong memorabilia
    • Used to cut the hair of the first man on the Moon
    • Accompanied by 25 strands of Neil Armstrong's hair

    Neil Armstrong was best known for being the first person to set foot on the moon. He participated in two spaceflights during his career as an astronaut; Gemini 8 and Apollo 11. He also served as Capsule Communicator, communicating with the crew of Gemini 11 in 1966.

    Armstrong was awarded a Congressional Space Medal of Honor for his efforts and has been decorated by 17 countries in total.

    Shortly after Apollo 11, Armstrong announced that he would not be flying into space again.

    For one year he served as Deputy Associate Administrator for Aeronautics, NASA Headquarters and then went on to teach at the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati between 1971 and 1979. From 1982 until 1992 he was chairman of Computing Technologies for Aviation Inc.


    This is a pair of scissors and a comb used by Neil Amstrong's barber, Marx Sizemore, to cut the Moonwalker's hair.

    They are accompanied by 25 strands of Armstrong's hair.


    In May 2005, Neil Armstrong became involved in a legal battle with barber Marx Sizemore of Lebanon, Ohio, after finding that the barber was selling off cuts of his hair to memorabilia hunters.

    Armstrong threatened legal action unless the hair was returned or the sale proceeds donated to charity. Following Sizemore making the charitable donation, the scissors & comb used by the barber have been held in a private collection.


    This is a well documented collection.

    Included in the sale are copies of the legal correspondence between Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Armstrong's legal representatives, and barber Marx Sizemore.

    Also included are sworn testimonies from Sizemore declaring the hair to be genuine:

    "This is to inform you that I have been the barber of record of Neil Armstrong since October 1999. I generally cut his hair once a month. This is the, Neil Armstrong, who was an astronaut for N.A.S.A. and the first man to walk on the moon. I do attest that the hair clippings submitted to you are his hairs that I cut from his head."

    There is another Sizemore document authenticating the scissors used to cut Armstrong's hair.

    A notarised Public State of Colorado document is also included, detailing how the original purchaser obtained the hair from Marx Sizemore.


    Since 1994, Neil Armstrong ceased signing autographs as he found out that many forgeries were selling for large amounts of money.

    Armstrong's is now considered to be one the most valuable and best-performing signatures, as a signed photo of him has increased in value by 1,263.6% between 2000 and 2012, according to the PFC40 Autograph Index.

    An estimated 600 million people tuned in to watch the launch of Apollo 11 and so it comes as no surprise that memorabilia related to the mission and its astronauts is highly sought after. Combine this demand with the shortage of Neil Armstrong signed memorabilia out there and it becomes apparent why personal items such as this comb, scissors and hair, are incredibly rare.

    History of hair collecting

    Hair collecting was hugely popular in the Victorian era. Military officer, Robert E. Lee would regularly give away a sample of his hair instead of an autograph.

    A curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Harry Rubenstein, says "more so than an autograph, it was a sign of affection".

    The poet Leigh Hunt is known to have had a collection of hair from 21 notable figures inducing Edgar Allen Poe, John Keats and George Washington. This collection is currently on display in the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas.


    The value of the 25 off-cuts of hair alone should not be underestimated... A single strand of Elvis Presley hair recently sold for £1,055 ($1,750) at auction.

    Also in recent years locks from Babe Ruth have sold for $38,000 at auction, John Lennon for $48,000, Elvis and Che Guevara for $119,500. Even teen sensations Justin Bieber's hair has sold at auction for $40,668.

    The price of Armstrong memorabilia soared at the recent Apollo 11 40th Anniversary celebrations. A personal cheque signed by Neil Armstrong on the day of his lunar mission sold for a record $27,350. 54 times the minimum bid price of $500.

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  • Old Tom Morris signed photograph
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    Old Tom Morris signed photograph


    Fantastic Old Tom Morris signed photo dated 1903

    For Sale: £12,000

    Thomas Mitchell Morris (1821 - 1908) otherwise known as Old Tom Morris, was a Scottish golfer.

    Morris was a pioneer of the game, and is widely regarded as "the father of golf".

    Morris won the Open Championship four times, and struck the first ball at the first Open, in 1860 – a tournament he helped found. He remains the oldest winner of the Open (46) and his winning margin at the 1862 Open of 13 strokes remained a Major record until beaten by Tiger Woods (15) at the 2000 US Open.

    Yet it is his achievements away from competition that many today regard as his greatest.

    Because Morris is responsible for creating the game of golf we know today. As greenkeeper and professional, Morris transformed St Andrews from a primitive course to the stunning "home of golf" we know today, in doing so, transforming the standard for golf courses. Much of his best work can be seen on the greens, which were originally little more than what modern golfers would deem "rough". Continual weeding, sanding, rolling and mowing created the luxurious putting surfaces we see today.

    In addition to revolutionary golf course design, many of his pioneering ideas have set the benchmark for today's game, including 18 holes as standard, tee boxes, metal rings in the holes, and active care of bunkers.

    He designed or redesigned more than 60 courses in addition to St Andrews, including the famous Muirfield, Carnoustie and Royal Dornoch.

    Old Tom Morris was also the father of Young Tom Morris, one of the most dazzling golfing talents of the 19th Century.

    The item

    This is a superb black and white photo taken by James Patrick St Andrew, measuring 11" x 9¼" of Old Tom Morris on the links at St Andrews golf course, signed by Old Tom, and dated 1903. A tiny amount of fading to the signature but otherwise an incredibly well preserved 100-year-old photograph.

    A major rarity. We have previously only handled one Old Tom Morris signed photo, measuring 6" x 4", which sold within hours of being offered at £4,000 in 1991!

    The Holy Grail for the golf-collecting connoisseur.

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  • Original Fabric from the Spirit of St Louis signed by Charles Lindbergh
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    Largest original piece of Spirit of St Louis fabric signed by aviator Charles Lindbergh

    For Sale: £75,000

    • 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

    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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    President George Washington Autographed Lottery Ticket

    For Sale: £18,000

    • Rare Mountain Road Lottery ticket signed by the young Colonel George Washington
    • One of only 25 known to exist
    • Excellent condition compared to many existing examples

    George Washington (1732-1799) was the first President of the United States and a respected leader who helped steer the course of history during the American Revolutionary War. He is looked upon fondly by Americans as one of the great Founding Fathers.

    At the time of signing, he had recently married Martha and moved with her to Mount Vernon near Alexandria, Virginia. Here, he became one of the richest men in Virginia, living the life of planter and politician.

    He expanded the Mount Vernon estate to an impressive size and began to show more interest in politics, as he presented the Virginia Assembly with legislation to the importation of goods from Great Britain.

    During this time, he was also an active leader of the Virginia social elite, inviting some of the most prominent figures to his estate. He lived the life of an aristocrat, enjoying fox hunting and dances, as well as the theatre, racing and cock fights.

    It is likely that his dislike of British rule began with the Mountain Road Lottery, as during preparations, the British banned all lotteries and his plans were drastically altered.


    This partially-printed page measures 2 7/8" x 1 3/8" and is in fine condition, with some light staining to the top and lower borders. The 1768 Mountain Road lottery ticket reads:

    1768. This Ticket [No. 173] shall entitle the Possessor to whatever Prize may happen to be drawn against it's [sic] Number in the Mountain Road Lottery

    The document is signed in brown/black ink, Go. Washington. Washington's autograph is particularly fine and demonstrates his flourishing, expressive penmanship.

    A fine filigree-style border design surrounds the text. Its intricate nature was possibly an attempt to avoid forgeries.


    In 1768, a lottery was organised to fund road works in the area of Mountain Road. Improvements were needed in order to access the hot springs of Bath County, reputed to have healing properties. Washington acted as manager of the lottery. His signature on the tickets added credibility to the venture.

    However, the lottery was never completed, as the British banned all lotteries just as tickets were selling. Perhaps this is the very point at which Washington's dislike of British rule began.


    As Washington died over 200 years ago, it can be difficult to find examples of his signature that remain in good condition.

    Being the first President of the United States, and a very popular figure from American history, Washington memorabilia is much sought after by both museums and private collectors. The combination of the lack of good quality Washington memorabilia and the high demand for it makes his signature very rare.


    In 2009, a letter in which Washington argues in support of the adoption of the proposed new Constitution sold for $3,218,500. Another handwritten letter by the Founding Father sold for $834,500 back in 2009.

    As well as handwritten letters, examples of the President's autograph can also sell for significant sums. In 2010, Paul Fraser Collectibles sold an accounts document signed by Washington for £29,950.

    This is a rare opportunity to own a fine example of the first President of the United States' signature

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


    President John F. and Jackie Kennedy autographed photograph

    For Sale: £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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  • The Beatles Signed A Hard Days Night Album Cover
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    The Beatles Signed A Hard Days Night Album Cover


    • One of only 8-10 known to exist according to Autograph Magazine's census
    • Signed clearly by all four members of the band beneath their portraits
    • 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 pop 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 the 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. The last copy to appear at auction sold 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 marked 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 guarantee.

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

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