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  • Lester Piggott signed stirrup
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    Lester Piggott signed stirrup

    £750.00

    Lester Piggott signed stirrup

    For Sale: £750

    Lester Piggott (1935 - ) is a former jockey regarded as one of the greatest of all time.

    He has 4,493 career wins to his name, including nine victories at the Epsom Derby and his famous victory aboard Royal Academy in the 1990 Breeders’ Cup Mile, aged 54.

    This is a single race-used stirrup signed by Lester in ink to the leather.

    A very collectible piece of horse racing memorabilia.

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

    £75,000.00

    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

    £25,000.00

    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.

    Description

    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.

    History

    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.

    Provenance

    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.

    Rarity

    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.

    Comparables

    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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  • Original Pontins May Ball Poster
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    Original Pontins May Ball Poster

    £950.00

    Original Pontins May Ball Poster

    For Sale: £950.00

    • A rare original poster for the Pontins May Ball in 1968
    • Stars The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Jimmy James and the Vagabonds and Rod Mason's Jazzband
    • A superb piece of memorabilia from the heyday of the great British holiday

    Founded by Fred Pontin in 1946, Pontin's was a major holiday operator within the UK throughout the 1960s. At its peak it had about 20 resorts throughout Europe. Pontins offered its guests lodgings, catering, entertainment and the chance to cheaply go abroad on one of its "Pontinental holidays".

    Numerous entertainers performed, and continue to perform, at its resorts. Best known for his 1968 hit "Fire", the flamboyant singer Arthur Brown was hugely popular in the 1960s. "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown" was both the title of his 1968 album and that of his band. His appearance at Pontins was likely in support of this album.

    A colourful poster from 1968 details the headline act and supporting acts at Pontin's May Ball concert:

    May Ball. May 1st, 8.00-3am, Pontins, Torquay. Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Jimmy James and the Vagabonds, Rod Masons Jazzband, Maurice Price and his Orchestra. Film King Kong, plus others. Buffet. Light Show. Original or formal dress. Nightingales Graded Grains. Pigmeat Revival. Tickets from Dave Jaffa S.D.T.C. , John Conway, Abbey Road. Two Ballrooms. In aid of charity. Draw. Pontinental holiday for two.

    Barton Hall was Pontin's upmarket Torquay site and served as one of its popular chalet hotels. Bought in 1957, it was the flagship of Pontin's holiday empire.

    The strong outlines of an upwardly-gazing face are framed by the text "May Ball" in blue and red, which form the figure's hair. The neck and upper torso are composed of shaped lines of text; curved, arched and angled to fit the unusual design. The use of primary colours is accented by black and green.

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  • President Abraham Lincoln Bedroom Wallpaper
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    President Abraham Lincoln Bedroom Wallpaper

    £2,950.00

    President Abraham Lincoln Bedroom Wallpaper

    For Sale: £2,950.00

    Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States from March 1861 until his death in April 1865.

    Before he left for Washington to become sworn-in as President in 1861, Lincoln and his family lived at 413 South Eighth Street in Springfield, the only home the President ever owned.

    These unique fragments of wallpaper come from Abraham and Mary Lincoln's bedroom in their Springfield home.

    The Springfield home in which the Lincolns lived was built by Rev. Charles Dresser who married Abraham and Mary in November 1842.

    Rev. Dresser sold the home to Lincoln in 1844 for $1500. In the mid 1850s, the home was raised to a full story residence with the Lincolns' bedroom located at the north of the second floor.

    Future custodians of the house included Mrs Lincoln's nephew, Albert S. Edwards and his wife Mrs Mary Edwards Brown.

    These wallpaper fragments were removed and retained by Mary Edwards Brown.

    In 1956 the relics were sold to Dorothy Kunhardt, daughter of Frederick Hill Meserve.

    The famous Dorothy Meserve Kunhardt collection of Lincoln memorabilia was sold at auction in 1981.

    The largest fragment measures approximately 3" x 2½" and the smallest measures approximately 1"x1".

    A unique piece of Lincoln memorabillia.

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  • The Beatles Bed Linen
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    The Beatles Bed Linen

    £595.00

    The Beatles Bed Linen

    For Sale: £595.00

    A unique set of Beatles Memorabilia

    A set of four pieces of white bed linen (approx 1/2cm x 1/2cm) each slept on by one of The Beatles.

    The Linen was kept from a visit made by the Beatles during there inaugural tour of the USA, to the Whittier Hotel in Detroit. As recorded by the hotels Managing Director at the time, Jimmie Hawkins, The Beatles occupied the Executive Suite No. 1566 on September 6th 1964, after playing a show at the Olympia Stadium in Detroit. The Fab Four checked in at 1:17am and checked out the following afternoon at 2:05pm.

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  • The Trafalgar Collection of historical Lord Nelson & HMS Victory artefacts
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    The Trafalgar Collection

    For Sale: £1,995.00

     

    The Trafalgar Collection is a unique limited edition* collection of Lord Nelson and HMS Victory historical artefacts that has taken over 25 years to assemble.

     

    This remarkable collection contains:

     

    1. A small piece of original wood from HMS Victory. This wood was salvaged during her restoration with a royalty paid to the 'Save the Victory Fund' which was set up in 1922. The wood's provenance is authenticated by Lt. Cmdr. John Scivier RN, Commanding Officer, HMS Victory.

     

    2. A small piece of white ensign flag from HMS Victory understood to have formed part of the catafalque at Lord Nelson's funeral procession. The flag has been authenticated by C.Wesley Cowan, an expert on the US Antiques Roadshow, who states "it is in my opinion that this flag is 100% authentic and beyond dispute".

     

    3. A strand of Lord Nelson's hair. The hair has been acquired from British Naval Auction experts Charles Miller Ltd Auctions in London, United Kingdom with the following description:

     

    "A generous curl of typically fine pale hair... conforms very closely to other known hair examples of Lord Nelson's late-period hair. It is well recorded that Emma Hamilton was given Nelson's hair among other things".

     

    4. A piece of Lord Nelson's handkerchief. Acquired from International Autograph Auctions with the following provenance:

     

    "Accompanied by provenance signed by Clarissa Catherine Board stating "This handkerchief formerly belonged to Lord Nelson and was given by John Braham to John Dickinson, Solicitor of Broad Street, City in the year 1828"".

     

    John Braham (c1774-1856) was an English tenor, one of Europe's leading opera singers. Lord Nelson was present at a performance by the singer at Livorno, Italy in 1799.

     

    The collection is beautifully framed and double mounted to a size of 19" x 16", and includes images of Lord Nelson and HMS Victory. At the base of the frame is a description of the collection and full provenance is provided within an information pack that accompanies the collection.

     

    * Limited Edition of 1805.

     

     

    Please contact us directly if would like to take advantage of our 3 monthly payment scheme at £665 per month. info@paulfrasercollectibles.com or phone +44 (0) 117 933 9500

     

    This item qualifies for free delivery and will be dispatched by courier service, fully insured.

     

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