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  • A large collection of polo trophies and photo archive
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    A large collection of polo trophies and photo archive

    £29,500.00

    A collection of polo trophies and photographic archive relating to Eric Tyrrell-Martin

    For Sale: £29,500

    Eric Horace Tyrrell-Martin was an English international polo player and captained the English team in 1936. Born in Yorkshire, he attended Rugby and Cambridge before becoming a Lieutenant in the 16th Hussars. He married Edith 'Babs' in 1929, who was an exceptional sportswoman, playing tennis at Wimbledon and placing as a runner up in the All American Womens' Golf Championship.

    Consisting of various silver and silver plated trophies and cups including: a twin-handled silver presentation cup, London, including 2 photo albums and newspaper articles relating to the life and career of Tyrrell-Martin; two address books belonging to his wife Edith containing details for many celebrities including Fred Astaire; Ginger Rogers; Clarke Gable; Walt Disney; Bing Crosby; Charley [sic] Chaplin.

    The collection of photographs includes two albums: one containing approximately 100 photographs together with some newspaper cuttings; the other a collection of newspaper articles mostly tracking press coverage of the Westchester Cup at Hurlingham and includes signatures of Gerald Balding (British) and Stewart B. Inglehart and Winston F.C. Guest (America).

    In addition there are approximately 200 loose black and white photographs, some mounted–of the English Polo team in 1936 and Tyrrell-Martin sitting on polo horses Pipes O'Pan and French Cottage. The largest 30cm x 39.5cm, the majority 18cm x 12cm and smaller, illustrating polo matches, social events and family holidays.

    Tyrrell-Martin had a colourful polo career: he captained the English polo team against America for the Westchester Cup at Hurlingham, a competition the United States have historically dominated and was invited to represent England at the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936, but wasn't able to accept.

    Tyrrell-Martin was a member of the polo team that won the American Open Championship in 1939 and was temporarily suspended by the Hurlingham Club Polo Committee, which led to the Texas Rangers polo team withdrawing from the Hurlingham Champion Cup final in 1936.

    He and Edith moved to California in 1936 returning to England for only a few months a year thereafter; he spent much time travelling the world playing polo in countries such as: Austria, Hungary, Belgium, Argentina, Jamaica, East Africa and America. He and Babs led a glittering social life with many famous friends and connections.

    They visited the Roosevelt's at the White House in 1939 and with the backing of King Farouk he promoted and developed polo in Egypt. He died in 1953 as a result of injuries sustained while playing polo.

    Trophies with inscriptions include: Carlow Hunt Races, Light Weight, 1911; Carlow Hunt Races, Light Weight, 1912; Beaufort Hunt Polo Club, Spring Cup, April 1929 (x2); W.S.P.C., Junior Cup, 1925, Templeton, 1. E.H. Martin...; W.S.P.C., Novices Cup, 1925, Chapel Brampton, 1. E.H. Martin...; W.S.P.C., Senior Cup, 1928,...; W.S.P.C., Visitors Cup, 1925, Ridley House, 1. E.H. Martin...; Midwick Country Club Open Championship, 1937, Won by Texas Rangers...; Hurlingham Club, 1926, Oxford v Cambridge; Antwerp Polo Club, Challenge Cup, 1930; Gans Challenge Cup Deauville, 1930; Polo de Laversine, 1929; San Mateo-Burlinghame, Polo Club, High Goal Handicap, Won by...; Coupe de Bourg de Bozas, Polo de Deauville, 1929 Meadow Brook Club, 1939, Presented by The Hurlingham Club...; Cannes-Brioni-Vienna-Challenge-Cup...; A.P.C. Coupe de L'Exposition D'Anvers, 1930; Polo de Paris 1929; Chateau D'Oex, September, 1913; C.A.V., Conference, Eastbourne, 1969

    Together with a small quantity of others not inscribed.

    A truly unique and most important collection of polo memorabilia worthy of exhibit

     

  • Buddy Holly Employment Application Form
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    Buddy Holly Employment Application Form

    £795.00

    Buddy Holly Employment Application Form

    For Sale: £795.00

    Rock and roll legend, Buddy Holly was born Charles Hardin Holley in 1936. His music is said to have inspired the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.

    Holley signed to Decca Records in 1956. His name was misspelled “Holly” on the contract and Buddy adopted this misspelt version of his name for his music career.

    Just four years after signing his first record contract, on February 3 1959, Buddy Holly died in a plane crash with fellow rock ‘n’ roll musicians Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. This date is often referred to as “The Day the Music Died”.

    This is an application form for employment at The Texas & Texas Company measuring 11” x 8.5”. The form features some light staining and scuffing to the edges but otherwise in fantastic condition, especially considering its age.

    Buddy Holly has printed his name “HOLLEY, CHARLES, BUDDY” in black ink but has failed to fill in any other information including position desired, address, details of education and practical experience.

    Holly’s love of music was apparent from a very young age and at the age of just 5 he won a talent contest singing Have You Ever Gone Sailing (Down the River of Memories). It was most likely his aspirations of becoming a professional musician that prevented him from applying to this job.

    An unusual piece of personal memorabilia from a pioneer of rock ‘n’ roll.

  • Elle MacPherson Manolo Blahnik suede boots
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    Elle MacPherson Manolo Blahnik suede boots

    £1,500.00

    Elle MacPherson Manolo Blahnik suede boots

    For Sale: £1,500

    Elle MacPherson (1964- ) is an Australian businesswoman, television host, model, and actress.

    These Manolo Blahnik leather lined black suede boots were owned and worn by Elle MacPherson. Elle then donated the boots to the Fashion cafe, of which she was a partner. The boots later featured in a charity auction to benefit the LaGuardia High School of Music, Art and the Performing Arts.

    Made in Italy, the boots are size 39½ (US8½), with one leather thigh strap missing.

    The closest we'll ever get to a supermodel!

  • Elton John owned and worn jumpsuit
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    Elton John owned and worn jumpsuit

    £3,950.00

    Elton John Stage-Worn Costume

    For Sale: £3,950

    Flamboyant star Elton John (1947-) is a multi-award winning British musician, receiving a knighthood in 1998 for his talents and charitable work. Working as a prolific singer and songwriter, he has seen success in both fields, becoming a Fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters and Composers in 2004. He is patron to the arts and numerous charitable foundations.

    Elton has played to over 2 million people across 4 continents. To date, his 1997 single Candle in the Wind is his biggest selling with over 33 million copies sold.

    This is Elton's jumpsuit from his 1982 Jump Up tour. The metallic green, flying style jumpsuit with red fleece interior has 'Everest' printed down one arm and '29028' printed down one leg.

    Owned and worn by Elton.
  • Frank Sinatra Signed Set List
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    Frank Sinatra Signed Set List

    £3,950.00

    • A signed set list from the concert Sinatra called "his finest hour"

    Frank Sinatra (1915 – 1998) was one of the most iconic and influential performers of the 20th century.

    Known to his fans as 'Ol' Blue Eyes', or simply ' The Voice', Sinatra has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, making him amongst the biggest recording artists in music history.

    He was also a renowned screen actor, winning an Academy Award for his role in From Here to Eternity, and starring in critically-acclaimed films such as The Man with the Golden Arm, The Manchurian Candidate and Guys and Dolls.

    Sinatra was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1985, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997.

    In May 1970, Frank Sinatra returned to England for his first live appearances in eight years, backed by Count Basie and his Orchestra.

    He performed two sold-out midnight shows at the Royal festival Hall in London, in aid of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

    In attendance were Princess Margaret, president of the charity, along with stars such as Peter Sellers, Michael Caine, Richard Attenborough and the cream of London society.

    Those who witnessed the shows described them as a landmark moment in Sinatra's career – a view shared by Ol' Blue Eyes himself.

    He later said in a radio interview that he felt the performances were "his finest hour", and was evidently frustrated that they had not been professionally recorded.

    According to legend, Sinatra was so desperate for a copy of his performance that night that he personally wrote to the British Sinatra Music Society, asking if anyone had illegally recorded it.

    He was apparently in luck, and one member of the society sent him a bootleg tape, receiving a gift from Sinatra in return as thanks.

    The typed set-list lists the many classic songs Sinatra performed during the shows, such as 'Fly Me to the Moon', 'The Lady Is a Tramp', 'That's Life' and 'I've Got You Under my Skin', along with his show-stopping encore of 'My Way'.

    The single-page list measures 8 x 10", and bears Sinatra's clear signature in black ballpoint.

    The set-list is accompanied by a letter related to the concerts, dated April 13, 1970, and the original mailing envelope.

    A rare signed set-list from one of Frank Sinatra's greatest-ever live performances.

  • Jayne Mansfield Personally Owned & Worn Blonde Wig
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    Jayne Mansfield Personally Owned & Worn Blonde Wig

    £950.00

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    • A blonde wig owned and worn by one of Hollywood's original 'Blonde Bombshells'

    Jayne Mansfield (1933-1967) was an American actress, singer and pin-up model, whose film roles and sensational publicity stunts made her a household name across America in the 1950s.

    Mansfield began her career as a pin-up model and beauty queen, who posed for Playboy and held titles including Miss Photoflash, Miss Electric Switch and Miss Geiger Counter.

    She later found success on stage, first in local theatre and then on Broadway with a role in play 'Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?', before being 'discovered' by 20th Century Fox, who saw her as the natural successor to Marilyn Monroe.

    Although her movie career was relatively short-lived, Mansfield had memorable starring roles in films such as The Girl Can't Help It (1956), the screen adaptation of Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957), 'The Wayward Bus' (1957), and Too Hot to Handle (1960).

    She also caused a sensation when she became the first mainstream actress to appear nude in a Hollywood film, with her role in the sexploitation comedy Promises! Promises! (1963).

    In her later years Mansfield made numerous TV appearances, and even appeared in her own Las Vegas striptease review. She was tragically killed along with two other passengers in a car crash in Mississippi in June 1967.

    Jayne Mansfield was one of Hollywood's leading sex symbols in the late 1950s, and was known as one of the original 'blonde bombshells' alongside Marilyn Monroe and Mamie Van Doren.

    In reality Mansfield was a natural brunette, and years having her hair bleached platinum blonde by the studios took their toll.

    From around 1960 until the end of her life, she wore a series of wigs to maintain her public image without damaging her hair any further.

    On the night Mansfield died she was wearing one of those wigs, and gruesome photographs of the accident scene pictured it amongst the wreckage of her car – leading to an urban myth that she had been decapitated in the car crash.

    This custom-made wig was personally owned and worn by Jayne Mansfield during the later years of her life, and was gifted to her close friend Mrs Amanda Holden in 1965.

  • John F. Kennedy for President Campaign Poster
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    John F. Kennedy for President Campaign Poster

    £4,000.00

    John F. Kennedy for President Campaign Poster

    For Sale: £4,000

    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) was the youngest man elected President; and he was also the youngest to die. His Inaugural Presidential Address offered the memorable phrase: "Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country."

    Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 and the combination of his popularity, and the conspiracy theories surrounding his death, has cemented his status as an American political icon.

    This large 27" x 41" poster, which features some light creasing, is from Kennedy's presidential campaign. It shows a head and shoulders image of a smiling Kennedy and reads: "Kennedy for President - Leadership for the 60s".
    Professionally mounted and framed this poster is a wonderful piece of political history.
  • John Wayne Signed Stetson Cowboy Hat
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    John Wayne Signed Stetson Cowboy Hat

    £4,950.00

    • Vintage Stetson cowboy hat owned, worn and signed by Hollywood icon John Wayne

    John Wayne (1907-1979) was an American film actor, director and producer, known to many simply as 'Duke'.

    He appeared in more than 170 films over the course of a 50 year career, including 83 westerns, cementing his reputation as one of the most iconic leading men of all time.

    His most famous films included The Searchers, Rio Bravo, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Shootist, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and True Grit – for which he won the 1970 Academy Award for Best Actor.

    John Wayne personified the ultimate American hero, a rugged cowboy who survives amongst outlaws in the wilderness, and his timeless masculinity means he remains highly popular almost 40 years after his death.

    This cream-coloured stetson-style hat was made by Bailey of Hollywood, and bears John Wayne's signature in bold blue ink on the brim.

    A superb display piece owned, worn and signed by the greatest cowboy in cinema history.

  • Lady Gaga Manifesto of Little Monsters mask
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    Lady Gaga Manifesto of Little Monsters mask

    £6,950.00

    Lady Gaga Manifesto of Little Monsters mask

    For Sale: £6,950

    Lady Gaga (1986- ) is an American recording artist, activist, record producer, businesswoman, fashion designer, philanthropist, and actress who has sold over 125 million singles worldwide.

    Gaga worn items are exceptionally rare on the collectors market. In a Harper's Bazaar interview in February 2014 Gaga explained:

    "The fashion I've acquired over the years is so sacred to me -- from costumes to couture, high fashion to punk wear I've collected from my secret international hot spots...I keep everything in an enormous archive in Hollywood."

    This is Lady Gaga's mask worn in her 'Manifesto of Little Monsters' short film from her Monster's Ball Tour. The mask was made by the celebrated Franc Fernandez who also designed Gaga's infamous meat costume that she wore to the 2010 MTV Awards.

    In very good condition. A UNIQUE piece of Lady Gaga music memorabilia. Check out the video below: 1'14" in.



  • Madonna stage worn silk underslip
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    Madonna stage worn silk underslip

    £1,600.00

    A black silk underslip worn by Madonna

    For Sale: £1,600

    Madonna (1958-) is a globally-successful singer, toppling the music charts internationally since the 1980s. She is famed and admired for her ability to constantly reinvent her image. Madonna has reached a staggering level of success, selling over 250 million records, achieving the Guinness World Record for the world's most successful female recording artist of all time.

    This black silk underslip with built in brassier was worn by Madonna at Landmark Studios, Los Angeles.

    A couple of scuff marks (see image) at the bottom of the slip otherwise in very good condition.

  • Madonna worn black satin underslip
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    Madonna worn black satin underslip

    £4,950.00

    A black satin underslip worn by Madonna

    For Sale: £4,950

    Madonna (1958-) is a globally-successful singer, toppling the music charts internationally since the 1980s. She is famed and admired for her ability to constantly reinvent her image. Madonna has reached a staggering level of success, selling over 250 million records, achieving the Guinness World Record for the world's most successful female recording artist of all time.

    This black satin underslip with adjustable shoulder straps was owned and worn by Madonna as seen and used on Sire Records 1990 promotional photo, a 10x8 of which is included in the sale.

    Excellent item with rarely seen photographic provenance.

  • Marc Bolan's Afghan jacket
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    Marc Bolan's Afghan jacket

    £4,950.00

    Marc Bolan's Afghan coat

    For Sale: £4,950

    Marc Bolan (1947-1977) was an English singer-songwriter, poet and guitarist. He is best known as the frontman of glam rock band T-Rex. This three-quarter-length Afghan coat features grey patchwork with a pale fleece lining, with hook and eye fastening to the front.

    The coat was owned and worn by Marc Bolan, and acquired directly from his Estate by the organiser of the 'Official Marc Bolan Fan Club'. The Estate enrolled his help in dealing with various items of Marc's personal effects, including this coat.

    Bolan's memorabilia is increasing in value and becoming increasingly difficult to find, we recently sold a Marc Bolan signed set of typed lyrics for £4,500.

    A great opportunity to invest in an iconic piece of rock memorabilia at a sensible price.

    Exceptional provenance: Ex Christie's, Popular Culture: Rock and Pop Memorabilia.


  • Marilyn Monroe High School Class Photograph 1941
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    Marilyn Monroe High School Class Photograph 1941

    £1,750.00

    Marilyn Monroe High School Class Photograph 1941

    For Sale: £1,750.00

    An 8” x 24½” sepia tone junior high school class photograph from 1941 featuring around 800 pupils including Norma Jean Baker who would later become known as Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.

    With some creasing and bumping to the edges, otherwise in very good condition.

    “Ralph Waldo Emerson Junior High School, Los Angeles – Class of Summer 1941” is printed across the bottom of the photograph. The reverse has been signed by a number of Monroe’s classmates.

  • Original carpet from Titanic movie
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    Original carpet from Titanic movie

    £49.95

    Original movie prop: one inch squared pieces of carpet from the Titanic movie.

    For Sale: £49.95


    The 1997 Hollywood Blockbuster Titanic, directed by James Cameron, is the 2nd highest grossing movie of all time, netting $2.2 billion at the Box Office.

    Making stars out of actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet the film went on to win a record 11 Oscars.

    Titanic memorabilia is proving to be popular with collectors.

    Winslet's famous red dress sold at auction in 2012 for $330,000, DiCaprio's jacket from the 'King of the World' scene sold for $60,000, and even Director Cameron's hand drawn picture of a naked Winslet as 'Rose' auctioned for $17,000.

    For those of us with less deep pockets we're delighted to offer these original movie props - A 1" x 1" square of original carpet from the Dining Room featured in the Titanic movie.

    The carpet appears in the scene where Jack (DiCaprio) joins Rose (Winslet) and the other first class passengers for dinner.

    In his pursuit of authenticity Cameron insisted that the carpet was made by the Scottish carpet manufacturer Stoddard, the makers of the original carpet that sailed on the Titanic's maiden voyage in 1912.

    At just £49.95 per square this makes for a wonderful piece of original movie memorabilia for a Titanic fan.

    (NB: The image shows the small collection of carpet that we have acquired. We estimate there will be approx 50 squares available in total)

  • 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.

    Description

    An extraordinary piece of aviation history.

    An original piece of fabric from the famed airplane The Spirit of St Louis - the largest we have seen. The fabric measures approximately 2" x 3" and is signed 'C. A. Lindbergh' in fountain pen by world famous aviator Charles Lindbergh.

    It is in fine, clean condition.

    The fabric is dated "Sept 6 - 1927" in a separate hand. This indicates that it was signed by Lindbergh while in Montana. That same day, he flew from Butte to Helena, returning on September 7 for several days rest as part of his US tour funded by Harry Guggenheim.

    The fabric would have been taken from the Spirit of St Louis during essential repairs carried out after landing.

    While small pieces of the Spirit of St Louis have appeared at auction, it is rare to find examples of this size. Items signed by Charles Lindbergh are even rarer, and are extremely sought after by aviation collectors, making this the undoubted highlight of your collection.

    Provenance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir Handwritten Letter
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    Pierre-Auguste Renoir Handwritten Letter

    £4,950.00

    Pierre-Auguste Renoir Handwritten Letter

    For Sale: £4,950.00

    • Fantastic handwritten letter from leading Impressionist painter Pierre-August Renoir
    • Addressed to Madame Marguerite Charpentier, the subject of one of his most famous works
    • In excellent condition, with only light toning and folds

    Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was a French artist and leading painter in the development of Impressionism. Today, he is considered among the finest Impressionists and his work continues to sell for outstanding sums at auction.

    Renoir began work as a painter in a porcelain factory in 1854. In 1862, he entered the studio of Gleyre where he formed lasting friendships with Monet, Sisley and Bazille.

    Renoir's art has instant appeal, and the artist freely communicated the joy he took in them. He was once quoted as saying, "Why shouldn't art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world."

    This superb letter was sent from Pierre-Auguste Renoir to Madame Marguerite Charpentier (who is portrayed in Renoir's "Madame Charpentier with Her Children" in 1886. Written in French, it translates as:

    "The Petit exposition having ended, there remains only for me to thank you...As I hear you are not in Paris, won't you please drop a word to Petit so that he might know if he should bring your paintings or hold it until your return. I am in Brittany in a wonderful place and I am working. A thousand good wishes to Georges and kisses to the children. Your good and sincere friend. Renoir."

    This letter reflects an important time in Renoir's career. Madame Charpentier, who was married to publisher George Charpentier (whose stable of authors included Gustave Flaubert, Emile Zola and the Goncourt brothers), was said to have been extremely pleased with Renoir's painting of her and her children, and used her profound influence among France's creative elite to ensure that it was hung in a prominent spot of the 1879 Salon exhibition.

    She also introduced Renoir to several of her influential friends, which led to major commissions for the artist and helped boost his career. The letter sees Renoir once again thanking Madame Charpentier for her patronage.

    "Petit" is a reference to Georges Petit, an extremely influential Parisian art dealer, who was hugely important in the promotion of Impressionist artists, frequently exhibiting their works in his gallery.

    A review of auction results shows that no other letters from Renoir to his benefactor, Madame Charpentier, have been up for sale in at least 35 years.

    The letter, which is in excellent condition, with some light toning and folding as is typical of documents of this age, is accompanied by a beautiful black and white photograph of Renoir.

    This is a delightfully rare letter from an important artist.
  • Pope Pius XII Personally Owned and Worn Skullcap
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    Pope Pius XII Personally Owned and Worn Skullcap

    £8,950.00

    Pope Pius XII, born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli (1867 – 1958) served as head of the Catholic Church from March 1939 until his death in 1958.

    His reign coincided with one of the most turbulent periods in modern European history, including World War II, the Holocaust, post-war reconstruction, the rise of communism and the Cold War.

    Pius XII attempted to serve as a mediator between nations during the war, whilst remaining impartial in the conflict.

    He established the Vatican Information Service, which provided information for the families of thousands of war refugees, and instructed the church to discreetly aid Jews, saving thousands of lives.

    Today historians remain deeply divided about his role during WWII.

     

    This traditional white zucchetto skullcap was personally owned and worn by Pope Pius XII.

    It is customary for the Pope to offer his skullcap as a gift, if presented with another to replace it.

    Pope Pius XII was the first pontiff in the modern era to start this tradition, and the practice has since been continued by Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis.

    In recent years a handful of these rare Pope-worn skullcaps have appeared at auction, with examples selling for thousands of dollars.

    The skullcap measures 6.5" in diameter, and includes the small label inside "[Socie]tas Mariae Reparatricis."

    The skullcap is accompanied by an 'Anticamera Pontificia' card in Italian, signed by Mario Nasalli Rocca di Corneliano as Cameriere Segreto Partecipante di Sua Santita, which reads (translated):

    "The white zucchetto that comes with this card was used by His Holiness Pius XII, reigning."

    In fine condition, with signs of light wear.

  • Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip signed photograph
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    Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip signed photograph

    £2,400.00

    • A rare signed memento from Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's historic visit to Canada in 1951

    Queen Elizabeth II is Britain's longest-serving monarch, having reigned for 65 years since ascending the throne in 1952.

    As of October 2016, she also became the world's longest currently reigning monarch and head of state.

    History

    In October 1951, Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip made their historic first visit to Canada.

    With her father King George VI gravely ill, the Princess took his place and led a major royal tour for the first time, just a few months before ascending to the throne herself.

    The Canadian Globe and Mail newspaper reported that "there was that touch of fairytale atmosphere about her arrival", as the couple were greeted by a crowd of 15,000 well-wishers at Montreal Airport.

    With security on high alert, the royal couple were accompanied by security officers and a team of Royal Canadian Mounties wherever they went.

    For the next five weeks they drew record crowds, with millions of people lining streets as the Royal motorcade travelled back and forth across the country.

    According to Life Magazine journalist Allan Michie, Princess Elizabeth "was not prepared for either the size or the warmth or the vociferousness of her welcome, or for a newly experienced familiarity in the approach to royalty."

    Although highly nervous upon her arrival to Canada, the Princess gained confidence throughout the trip, growing comfortably into her role as a future head of state.

    Upon her return to England in November 1951, Elizabeth declared of her Canadian trip:

    "I am sure that nowhere under the sun could one find a land more full of hope, of happiness and of fine, loyal, generous-hearted people."

    "They have placed in our hearts a love for their country and its people which will never grow cold and which will always draw us to their shores."

    The photograph

    This black and white landscape photograph features Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip together with members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

    Following the five week tour, the members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police that had accompanied the royal couple were invited to London in gratitude for their service.

    The signed photograph was then presented to Assistant Commissioner M.F.E. Anthony during a ceremony at Clarence House.

    The photograph measures 28 x 36cm, and features the signatures "Elizabeth" and "Philip", along with the date "1951" written in the Princess' hand.

    The photograph includes light yellowing to white margins, with a few light stains to verso.

    With protocol stating that members of the royal family do not sign autographs, Queen Elizabeth II's signature remains both highly rare and sought-after by collectors.

    This superb signed photograph recalls a seminal moment in the Queen's life, as she represented her country abroad on a major trip for the first time, marking the beginning of a lifetime of service.

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    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Handwritten List

    £995.00

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Handwritten List

    Most famous for his 'Sherlock Holmes' detective stories, Scottish-born Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was an innovator of the crime fiction genre. His writing skills included works of science fiction, plays, poetry, historical novels, romances and non-fiction.

    Recent Hollywood blockbuster films and a BBC TV series have demonstrated that there is a resurgence in interest in Sherlock Holmes and his world.

    This list of Celebrities is penned by Conan Doyle in bold black ink on an envelope. Fourteen names and professions are listed.

    Many prominent individuals are included, notably: writer Douglas Goldring; politician Ellen Wilkinson; journalist Holbrook Jackson; actor Leon M. Lion; painter C. R. W. Nevinson; and the actress Elsa Lanchester.

    Also included are two typed signed letters, a handwritten autographed letter, and a signed menu. These items were written and autographed by various relatives and other individuals associated with Conan Doyle, including Adrian Conan Doyle, Jean Conan Doyle, Christopher Roden and Julian Symons.

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  • Sir Oliver Leese (WWII general) Personal Photograph Albums
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    Sir Oliver Leese (WWII general) Personal Photograph Albums

    £4,950.00

    • Photograph album of Sir Oliver Leese, 3rd Baronet, KCB, CBE, DSO - British general and commander of the Eighth Army
    • Contains 200 photographs charting the general's career
    • Includes many handwritten notations, with many of the photographs dated

     

    Lieutenant General Sir Oliver Leese (1894-1978) was a British General during World War II, who succeeded Bernard Montgomery as commander of the Eighth Army.

    He also served during World War I, commissioned into the Coldstream Guards. Having been wounded three, including during the Somme offensive of 1916 (for which he was Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the DSO).

    Following the First World War, Leese carved an illustrious career in the army, serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the British Expeditionary Force and training the 29th Infantry Brigade.

    As commander of the Eighth Army, he was present as the fourth and final Battle of Monte Cassino. He also commanded the army for Operation Olive on the Gothic Line later in 1944.

    Description

    This item is a wonderful collection of over 200 black and white photographs mounted into two large albums, covering Leese's life from 1906-1914 and 1927-1938.

    The beautiful albums, which contain slight age wear to the spine, contain many early images of Leese with his fellow students alongside trophies for cricket, rugby and football.

    Beneath most of the images, which are of varying sizes, are notes annotated by Leese, identifying the dates, occasions and subjects of the photographs. A few pages have been neatly removed from the albums, but otherwise they are in fine condition.

    These high-quality photographs provide a wonderful insight into Lee's career prior to World War II. 

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  • Star Wars Original Props from Episode IV: A New Hope
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    Star Wars Original Props from Episode IV: A New Hope

    £1,500.00

    Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, written and directed by George Lucas, was the first of the Star Wars films to be released. It is the fourth film in terms of the series' internal chronology.

    The film cost $11 million to make and went on to earn $460 million in the United States and $337 million elsewhere. The film won six Academy Awards including Best Visual Effects and Best Music, Original Score.

    This superb prop is three pieces of Krayt Dragon bone used in the production of Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope. The Dragon itself does not appear in the film, but a skeleton of it appears during C-3PO's trek in the Dune Sea.

    The off-white/grey pieces are made of fibreglass and measure approximately 20cmx8cm, 8cmx6cm and 9cmx6cm.

    The pieces are mounted onto a sheet of glass and framed with a picture of the dragon's skeleton from the film and a gold presentation plaque reading "Star Wars, Krayt Dragon Bone".

    A remarkable prop from one of the most important sci-fi films of the 20th century.

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  • The Beatles Signed A Hard Days Night Album Cover
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    The Beatles Signed A Hard Days Night Album Cover

    £35,000.00

    • 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.

  • The Last Samurai film robe
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    The Last Samurai film robe

    £295.00

    The Last Samurai is a 2003 film starring Tom Cruise as an American Officer who comes into contact with Samurai warriors in the wake of the Meiji Restoration in 19th Century Japan. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards.

    In very good condition this is an original promotional robe from the film, with 'The Last Samurai' sewn into the fabric.

  • Tom Hanks' Forrest Gump Army fatigue jacket
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    Tom Hanks' Forrest Gump Army fatigue jacket

    £2,950.00

    Forrest Gump's Army fatigue jacket signed by Tom Hanks.

    For Sale: £2,950

    Tom Hanks (Born 1956) is an American Actor and Director and two time Oscar winner.

    Hanks won Oscars for his roles in the films Philadelphia and Forrest Gump. Released in the United States on July 6, 1994, Forrest Gump
    received critical acclaim and was the top grossing film in North America that year, generating $677m at the box office.

    Tom Hanks' Army Fatigue jacket from the wardrobe department of the Forrest Gump movie, signed clearly by Tom Hanks on the sleeve in black marker pen.

    In excellent condition.

    Provenance: Ex The Dick Clark Collection


  • Walt Disney Signed Animation Cel
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    Walt Disney Signed Animation Cel

    £12,000.00

    • An original production-used animation cel signed and inscribed by Walt Disney

    Walt Disney (1901 – 1966) was an animator, film producer and entrepreneur renowned for creating Mickey Mouse and establishing one of the world's most famous film studios.

    Disney is regarded as one of animation's greatest pioneers, and he produced landmark feature films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Dumbo and Fantasia.

    Disney currently holds the record for the number of Academy Awards won by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations.

    In 1955 Disney also oversaw the creation of Disneyland, the world's most successful theme park, which to date has attracted more than 650 million visitors.

    Today Walt Disney is regarded as one of the most significant and iconic cultural figures of the 20th century. 

     

    This hand-painted gouache-on-celluloid animation cel was created for the film Melody Time, the 10th theatrically released animated feature produced by Walt Disney, released in May 1948.

    It was the last anthology feature the studio produced, and featured seven short animations set to popular songs, in the same manner as the classic Fantasia.

    This animation cel and background is taken from the segment Once Upon a Wintertime, and depicts two ice skaters dancing together, along with a pair of rabbits dancing behind them.

    Once Upon a Wintertime's stylised backgrounds were created by Mary Blair, the highly influential Disney concept artist who worked on features such as Cinderella and Sleeping beauty, and who helped design the popular Disneyland ride It's a Small World.

    The mount of the image is signed and inscribed "To Ann Shelton, All Best Wishes, Walt Disney", and is dated circa 1951.

    Anne Shelton, OBE (1923 - 1994) was a British singer renowned for her work entertaining troops during WWII.

    Shelton performed for soldiers throughout the war, touring military bases and hosting the radio show Calling Malta which was broadcast throughout Europe.

    She later recorded several hit songs including ''Galway Bay' and 'Be Mine', which were also popular in the U.S and led to her touring America in 1951.

    It's believed that Shelton acquired this animation cel as a gift from Walt Disney during that tour.

    Disney's inscription and signature are signed in pencil. The image has been mounted, framed and glazed to an overall size of 39.3 x 43.7cm (approx. 15.4" x 17.2").

  • William Golding Typed Lord of The Flies Extract
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    William Golding Typed Lord of The Flies Extract

    £1,950.00

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    • Signed extract from the classic book "The Lord of the Flies" signed by author Sir William Golding

    Sir William Golding (1911-1993) was an English poet, novelist and playwright, most famous for his novel Lord of the Flies.He was awarded the Booker Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature and a KBE for his services to literature, with The Times ranking him as number three on the list of the 50 greatest writers since 1945.

    This extraordinary piece consists of one page of a lengthy quotation from Lord of the Flies, which was first published in 1954. The quotation is from the iconic first chapter of the novel, The Sound of the Shell.

    The souvenir quotation features usual slight folds as is expected of pieces like this. Golding's autograph is shown clearly in blue ink at the bottom of the page.

    This piece is a wonderfully rare example of the famous author's autograph.

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