Fine Art, Antiques & Collectables Sale
on Saturday 24th February 2018
On view:
Thursday 22nd February: 10.00am-4.00pm
Friday 23rd February: 12.00pm-7.00pm
Saleday from 8.30am
Sale commences at 10.00am
Lots: 150-200 of 621
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Lot 150
Books: Who's Who 1985 plus a Debretts 1986, both red dust jackets.
Estimate:  £20 - 30 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 151
Books: "Dictionary of Electrical Engineering" edited by H.M. Hobart (1910) vols 1 and 2 plus "The Auto Car", "Journal of the Mechanically Propelled Road Carriage" vol 16 (1906) 3 in total.
Estimate:  £40 - 60 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 152
Toys: Palitoy black baby doll, open and close eyes, jointed, 12ins. Black jointed doll, damage to eyes, 14ins. Cititoy black baby doll, open and close eyes, dressed, 11ins. Unnamed black doll, open and close eyes, soft body 10ins. 2 well loved bears.
Estimate:  £30 - 40 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 153
Toys - Pelham Puppets: Dutch girl c1960s and Pinky of Pinky & Perky.
Estimate:  £20 - 40 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 153A
Toys: Pelham puppet theatre and skeleton puppet, both boxed. (2).
Estimate:  £30 - 40 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 154
Toys: Hornby Meccano tinplate racing launch "Racer III". Playworn. In working order.
Estimate:  £30 - 50 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 155
Toy China - Wedgwood c1800: Creamware miniature cruet lidded mustard, pepperette and oval salt (old restoration to the salt) plus cup and saucer x 2 (1 cup a/f). All with impressed Wedgwood mark.
Estimate:  £120 - 150 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 156
Toy China - Wedgwood circa. 1891-1908 Miniature Willow pattern dinner service. Dinner plates x 4, soup dishes x 4, lidded sauce tureen, vegetable tureen, soup tureen, sauce boat, all with stands. Minor frit on vegetable tureen lid. All marked Wedgwood Truria England underglaze blue some also impressed Wedgwood. (19 items).
Estimate:  £150 - 200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 157
Toy China - 19th cent. Wedgwood Rosso Antico miniature teapot in famille rose palette. 2ins. Blue Jasper ware commemorative 1730 - 1795 match holder 2½ins. plus a black basalt with gilt rosette match holder 2ins.
Estimate:  £100 - 120 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 158
Toy China - Wedgwood c1981-1908: Miniature creamware teaset, four polychrome ruined castle decoration comprising teapot and creamer, discolouration to spout, possible old restoration to both. Sugar bowl (hairline), 4 cups (1 a/f) 4 saucers, 4 side plates, Wedgwood Etriria England in black impressed marks and pattern number in red C4445.
Estimate:  £40 - 60 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 159
Toys: Tinplate Mettype child's typewriter plus Triang tinplate Tractor no 2. (2).
Estimate:  £20 - 30 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 160
19th cent. Games: Incomplete set of bone and ebony domino's, bamboo dice shakers a pair, 2 x packs of cards, 1 pack the revers showing the young head of Victoria 1 x card missing.
Estimate:  £70 - 80 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 161
Toys: Meccano Motion Systems x 7 - boxed.
Estimate:  £20 - 40 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 162
Toys: Diecast Match Box, Corgi, Dinky boxed Superking K-19, K-15, K-23, K-12, No 289, K-13, K-7, K-5, Dinky 198, Corgi and Land Rover K-9, K-2, Corgi Mini Yesteryear No16, AV291, Magirus Transporter Mischer (made in Germany) plus a Corgi car transporter.

Estimate:  £20 - 40 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 163
Toys: Die cast Match Box, boxed models Match Box fork lift truck, Superfast No23, No7, Rolamatics No16, 1-75 series No47, 1, 17, 24, 50, 2 x No 25, 56, 10, 29, 58, 73, 54, 29, 21, 71, 72, 23, 26, plus 17 others playworn to very good.

Estimate:  £60 - 80 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 164
Toys: Diecast Dinky Super Toys Dumper Truck, Coles Crane, Forklift Truck, Road Roller, front end of a Bedford Artic truck, truck body, farm trailer and bull dozer. Playworn. Plus Diecast Foden flatbed with tailgate, Bedford tipper, Bedford refuse truck, taxi etc. All playworn and repainted by original owner.

Estimate:  £100 - 150 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 165
Toys: Diecast, 504 Elevator loader, boxed plus a play worn Kembo artic and 2 small boxes of tyres. Plus Diecast Dinky playworn car transporter and ramp. Unboxed.
Estimate:  £40 - 80 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 166
Toys: Diecast, French Dinky Ford wagon 'SNCF' lorry and 'ASNCF rigid and a refuse truck. All unboxed and some repainted.
Estimate:  £60 - 80 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 167
Toys: Diecast, Dinky SuperToys Foden flat truck 513, play worn and some repainting, boxed.
Estimate:  £40 - 60 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 168
Advertising: Van-Dal shoes of England, printed advert on suede 8½ins. x 4½ins. framed, double sided advert on marble 8ins. x 5ins. with portfolio of adverts plus advertising promotional material for the Van-Dal brand (3).
Estimate:  £40 - 60 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 169
Beswick: Ceramic figure for Timpson Fine Shoes.
Estimate:  £70 - 90 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 170
Copperware advertising tray for Johnnie Walker whiskey. Approx 12ins. diameter.
Estimate:  £20 - 40 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 171
Crime and Punishment/Dr Crippen: Extremely rare summons to Dr Alexander MacBeth, Surgeon General, dated 23rd November 1910. The summons is to appear as a juryman at the inquest into Crippen's death at Pentonville Prison at 2pm to 'enquire on the King's behalf touching the death of Hawley Harvey Crippen.' An extremely rare piece of Crippen memorabilia sold with a portrait photo of Dr MacQueen.
Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 172
Autographs: Series of five Queen Victoria signed commissions dating from 1842-1857 to Staff Surgeon Alexander MacKay MacBeth.
Estimate:  £100 - 150 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 173
Autographs: Ephemera relating to Staff Surgeon James MacBeth including signed commissions, Palmeston, Admittance Queen Victoria to the 3rd Degree Masonic Grand Lodge, Letter from the Maharaja Scindia Allyia Bahadoor dated 15th June 1874 etc. (7).
Estimate:  £100 - 150 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 176
Autographs/Pop Memorabilia: Elvis Presley pen signed, one page letter dated March 15, 1968 to Metro Goldwyn Meyer (MGM) regarding his personal copy of 'Stay Away Joe' Letter reads in full:

Gentlemen;

This will acknowledge my receipt this date for Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer Corporation of one 16mm color print of the motion picture 'Stay Away Joe' for which i rendered my services as in actor.

In consideration of your furnishing me with this print, i agree that said print will be used by me only for my personal library purposes, will not be exhibited outside my home at anytime unless i am personally present at such exhibition, and that the print will not be exhibited at any time whatsoever for any public exhibition for which an admission charge is made.

Very truly yours,

Elvis Presley


Estimate:  £1500 - 2000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 177
Art/Movies: Ronald Searle, British 1920-2011: Original ink and watercolour "The Great Train Robbery" 18ins. x 13½ins.

The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery, released in 1966, 3 years after the actual event, was the fourth in a series of 5 St Trinian's films. The films were based on Ronald Searle's cartoons of a fictional girl's boarding school which he first represented in 1941 in the magazine Lilliput. He went on to compile many St Trinian's books as well as working for the cinemas designing the opening and closing credits of 'Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines' and 'Monte Carlo or Bust'. Searle was commissioned to create the opening and closing credits for St Trinian's Train Robbery and the present lot appears in the opening credits.
Estimate:  £1500 - 2500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 178
Autographs/Films: Alfred Hitchcock 1899-1980. A letter,signed, to Carmine Santuilo, the assistant to Ed Sullivan. The letter is on Warner Bros, Hollywood stationery and he states he regrets no being in New York for Ed (Sullivan's) eighth anniversary, dated May 31st 1956, with original Warner Bros stationery.
Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 179
Autographs/Literature: Conan Doyle, Arthur. Scottish author 1859 to 1930 who stories featuring fictional detective Sherlock Holmes revolutionised the genre of crime fiction. Autograph signed letter from Doyle to Mrs Harman in New York City regarding meeting with Mr Ticknor, an amateur medium. Signed A Conan Doyle in a clear hand at the close. One page 5¼" x 6.¾", Ambassador Hotel, New York letterhead, April 18, 1922. Intersecting mailing folds, a hint of mild soiling, subtle brush to two words of text otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, a printed announcement for Doyle's book on psychic matters and a 1922 leaflet on spiritualism by Lady Conan Doyle titled 'An Open Letter to a Mourner'. In full: 'I could have helped you in London but conditions are strange here. Perhaps Mrs Cogswell of the Plaza Hotel would tell you how to approach Mr Ticknor who is very competent, but hardly a professional'.

Estimate:  £1000 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 180
Autographs/Science: Bell, Alexander Graham. Scottish born scientist and inventor 1847-1922 who conceived the telephone, founded the Bell Telephone Company and invented various devices for aiding the guess. A time to letter signed from Bell to DG Fairchild regarding a dinner invitation. One page, personal letterhead, May 5, 1914. Signed at the close Alexander Graham Bell in black ink. In very fine to good to fine condition. In full: 'Many thanks for your card received today. I shall be very glad indeed to meet Dr and Mrs Galloway at your house on Wednesday evening at dinner.' After signing, Bell adds a typed postscript: 'Your card is dated April 3 I hope this is a mistake and that I shall not be a month too late to meet Dr Galloway
Estimate:  £1000 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 181
Autographs: Walt Disney 1901 to 1966 a letter signed to Mr Charles Foster of Niagara Falls about seeing him again at the studio, Joe Reddy, Walter Disney's publicity chief and Eddie Mack who ran the theme parks are cc'd in the letter, an indication of Mr Foster's importance, signed in blue ink on Walt Disney stationery.

Estimate:  £2000 - 2500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 182
Space: A fabulous letter dated four weeks after Apollo 11's return from the moon. The letter is on National Aeronautics and Space Administration official stationery and is hand signed by Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. A rare piece signed so close to Apollo 11's return, with PSA/DNA Certificate of Authenticity.
Estimate:  £5000 - 8000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 183
Autographs: An extremely rare type tend signed letter sent by the Beatles to Atlanta DJ Paul Drury, who travelled with them during the 1964 and 1960 5US tours along with a tight hand signed letter from Bikel's press officer Tony Barrow, confirming details for the 1965 tour.
On both the 64 and 65 tours accompanied the Beatles on their chartered plane, interviewing the group many times and introducing them at their August 18, 1965 concert at Atlanta Stadium. Drew went on to become one of the most important radio programmers in the America and interview to the individual Beatles numerous times after the group split.

The Beatles wrote to Drew on September 6, 1965 six days after the end of the second US tour and only six days before beginning recording sessions for rubber Soul.

On EMS stationary the Beatles write 'Dear Paul, we just thought that we would like to write to you all and say thanks very much for your help on the tour. We enjoyed it and I appreciated your patience and cooperation. Hope to see you next year.' John Lennon, Paul McCartney and John Lennon each sign with their first names reflecting then close relationship with Drew. George Harrison signs with his first and last name.
The letter and envelope have been authenticated by Perry Cox a world recognised expert in Beatles handwriting and collectables Cox notes in his letter of authenticity 'the letter is in great VG
Estimate:  £8000 - 12000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 184
Autographs: A superb Marilyn Monroe signed typewritten document sent to United Artist Corporation with Monroe seeking a $25,000 loan (approximately $190,000 in 2011). A shrewd businesswoman, she guaranteed her earnings from the upcoming production 'Some Like it Hot' as collateral for the loan. The film went on to be considered one of the greatest comedies of the 20th century and won Monroe a Golden Globe award for best actress in a comedy. Tragically, less than one year later, Monroe died in her sleep at the age of 36. One page, no letterhead, September 14, 1961. Signed at the close in a blue ballpoint pens ink Marilyn Monroe. Document measures 11ins. x 8½ins. Accompanied by a copy of the check from the united artists corporation and a copy of the letter which accompanied the check. In fine condition, with two light horizontal mailing faults, some light skipping to Signature and a light paper clip impression to the top edge.

In part: Gentlemen: concurrently here with, you are lending the sum of $25,000.00 to the undersigned, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged. The undersigned agrees to repay said loaned to you, together with interest thereon, at the rate of 4% per annum, on or before January 5, 1962. As security for the repayment of said loan, together with accrued interest there on, the undersigned agrees to and does hereby assign to you all monies hereafter payable to the undersigned by Ashton productions Inc. Pursuant to paragraph 4 (E) of an employment agreement dated in July 1, 1958 relating to the motion picture entitled SOME LIKE IT HOT...'

A superb piece of movie memorabilia relating to one of the most iconic movie stars and her most famous movie.
Estimate:  £8000 - 12000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 185
Autographs/Royal Memorabilia: Diana, Princess of Wales space (1961-1997) First wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. From her engagement to the Prince of Wales in 1981 until her tragic death in 1997, Diana was a major presence on the world stage, often described as the 'worlds most photographed woman' or the 'queen of hearts'. Palace letterhead, 3 October 1996. One of the finest content letters of Lady Diana known to exist. Typed letter signed with love from Diana. 8ins. x 13ins. Addressed to Margaret Benden. In full: dearest Margaret (in Diana's hand), I was most touched to receive your very kind letter about your visit to Lourdes with Vincent-but you need not have worried about proving your request was genuine! I was delighted to be able to help and so glad that he was well enough to travel. It is so important that every bit of comfort is given to people like Vincent who, as you know, need all the care and help we can give him. I am sure that the benefit from such an experience goes a very long way to bring this comfort and to be able to play a part in providing it has given me great pleasure. Thank you both so much for sending me the little medal was a lovely thought. I send you and Vincent my warmest good wishes and all luck in the future. The letter is oversized and has three mailing folds, one fault goes to the middle line of the writing. Otherwise the letter is in fine condition. Accompanied by two letters (dated 11/17 July 1996) written and signed by Angela Horden, the personal Assistant to HRH the Princess of Wales. The two letters show that Vincent was Vincent Hickey, who is suffering AIDS and Cancer of the Bowel. In the first letter Angela Horden asks Miss Margaret Benden a friend of Vincent, for the total sum they need to go to loads and within the second letter whoredom forwards a cheque of 580 GBP to Margaret Benden. Both letters have mailing fold and a handwritten salutation by Horden. A copy of the cheque (on the account of his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales office a/c.) is also so enclosed. Lourdes is one of the worlds leading catholic Marian shrines.

Estimate:  £2000 - 3000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 186
Photographs/Politics: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis 1929-1994. Hand signed typed letter on personal stationery regarding the gift of a painting and how appreciative of his support, signed in blue ink and dated June 15, 1964.

Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 187
Autographs/Boxing: Muhammad Ali an amazing and lengthy handwritten prayer, one-page, 8½ins. x 11ins., personal letterhead, April 22, 1983. Ali writes on the love of God. In full: to Saint Mary's Orthodox Catholic Church, love from Muhammad Ali. Gods mercy and power ensure for ever. Man should understand and resist gods revelation, human wisdom and power common has given David, work only for establishing righteousness, human glory, like Solomans rested on slander foundation, but enjoyed her fair and prosperous state as long as she obeyed the law of God. But perished for unrighteousness, learned then, that mercy and power, wisdom and justice, of God are beyond all comparison. Do write and prepare for the final day. Love is the net, where hearts are caught like fish. In fine condition, with two horizontal mailing faults and creases to extreme upper right corner. An exceptional piece packing a powerful spiritual punch.

Estimate:  £2000 - 3000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 188
Photographs/Cars: Henry Ford TLS, one page 7¼ins. x 10½ins. personal letterhead, October 10, 1939. Ford writes to a donor to The Edison Institute. In full: 'I wish personally to acknowledge and thank you for the Covert automobile which you so kindly presented to me. This early car is a welcome addition to our collection of vehicles at The Edison Institute and I am grateful to you for your kindness in making this contribution.' James Milton (1904-1961) was a popular tenor who performed at the New York Metropolitan Opera and in radio, film, and television productions. An avid collector of antique cars, Milton specialised in automobiles of the 'Brass era', so named for the distinctive radiator shell, lamps, and horns from the period 1900 to 1910. It was also Melton who introduced the tradition of singing 'Back home again in Indiana' at the start of the Indianapolis 500 auto race.

Estimate:  £500 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 189
Autographs/US Politics: Richard Nixon 1913 - 1994 a letter signed on office of the President elect Richard Nixon stationary asking and Mr W Rent for help in finding people who can make significant contributions to the country dated December 2nd 1968.

Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 190
Autographs/US politics: Richard Nixon typed letter signed in 1975 less than one year after Watergate - ... Our family has been weathering some stormy days...' The letter is dated fourth of March 1975, less than one year after he resigned the presidency. Upon his personal stationery, Rights to a Gerald G Wagner, in full, 'Dear Jerry: to hear from a long for a friend of long-standing is always heartwarming , and we certainly never more so than during a period when our family has been weathering some stormy days. Each time we do, the skies ahead seem brighter, and that certainly was the case with your very kind and thoughtful letter of February 24th. And the photograph also brought happy memories of a pleasant interlude more than a decade ago.' For many years, Wagner managed a venue in Washington DC often used for large events, and new several Presidents personally. Single page letter measures 7¼ins. x 10½ins. Folds, else near fine.

Estimate:  £400 - 600 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 191
Autographs: Orwell, George. English author and journalist (1903-1950) Orwell (a.k.a. Eric Arthur Blair) used his weight and passion for social justice to create two of the greatest novels of the 20th century; '1984' (1949) and 'Animal Farm' (1945). Rare autograph letter signed from all well to an unknown recipient. Orwell apologises for his late reply and regretfully decline is an offer to speak for his correspondence due to his location on the Isle of Jura, Scotland. Orwell lived on the island between 1946-48 whilst writing 'Nineteen- Eighty-Four'. One page, written on one side, Barnhill, Isle of Jura letterhead, 31 May, 1946. Measures 260 mm x 203 mm and is unframed. Expected mailing folds and a small amount of paper loss to lower margin, otherwise very good condition.
Estimate:  £6000 - 10000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 192
Autographs/Science: Einstein, Albert German born physicist, humanitarian and Noble prize winner 1879-1955, Einstein is undoubtedly the greatest scientist of the 20th century. A typed letter signed from Einstein written in German from his summer residence at watch him. One page written on one side, Watchhill [Rhode Island, America] 18th July 1934. Signed at the close in black ink as 'Albert', a rare signature from the Nobel prize-winning mathematical physicist. The translation reads in full:
'Dear Eric I have written to Mr Ittlesohn and provided a report about your career to date. I will only write to Mr Ratshesky when I have learned from you that Mr Ittlesohn is either unavailable or unwilling to fulfil your request. So please write to me once you can give me some information about this.
I wish you good success with heartfelt regards.
Yours
Albert'

Estimate:  £3000 - 5000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 193
Autographs/Artist/Post-Impressionism/Fauvism: Matisse, Henri. French artist (1869-1954) Matisse is known for his striking use of colour and his bold fluid mark making skills. Signed typed letter, in French, to an unknown male correspondent regarding the showing of one of his paintings. Signed in an aged hand Matisse. One-page, Nice, November 28, 1953. Measures 270mm x 210mm. Some light toning, wrinkling to the bottom left corner and a couple of things otherwise fine condition.

In full (translated): 'Sir, I agree to your request, to show the drawing in question in tribute to Paul Eluardat the Maison de la Pensee Francaise (House of French Thought). I shipped it today to Harvard, framer at 123 Boulevard Montparnasse in Paris, where you may have it picked up at the appropriate time. Please accept my sincere respects.'


Estimate:  £2500 - 3500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 194
Autographs/Show Business: Brando, Marlon. Academy award winning Hollywood legend (1924 to 2004). Signed typed letter from Brando to the Governor of French Polynesia, written in French. Brando was attempting to seek permission to build an airstrip on his island, Tetiaroa, noting the cost between 4-6 million Francs. Signed Marlon Brando in blue pen at the close

Estimate:  £1200 - 1800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 195
Autographs/politics: Sir Winston Spencer Churchill 1874-1965. Typed letter signed Winston S Churchill', to Curtis Brown, the literary agent, saying that hoping 'the material' (? For the World Crisis Vol. IV) will be released no earlier than September, and declaring that he has made no promise to provide a volume of memoirs. One page 9ins. x 7½ins., neat folds, in fine condition. Curtis Brown received date stamp. Treasury Chambers, Whitehall 10 December 1927. Sir Winston Churchill Prime Minister 1942-1945, 1951-1955. 'With regard to the volume of Memoirs. I certainly have no recollection of having made such a promise, and I am not surprised therefore that you have no confirmation of it. I therefore must consider myself perfectly free. However, when time comes-which will not be this year-I will give the matter the fullest attention.'

Estimate:  £2000 - 3000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 196
Autographs/Aviation: Lindbergh, Charles A, an extremely desirable typed letter signed at the close as 'Charles A Lindbergh',one page on onion skin, measuring 8½ins. x 10¼ins., dated July 11, 1967. Linda writes to French aviator Colonel Louis Castex (1896 to 1968) in Paris. With expected intersecting mailing folds (vertical folds attaching two letters of first name) otherwise fine clean condition. Highly desirable item. The letter reads in full: 'The article on page 43 of the June 10th issue of Paris Match has been brought to my attention. I am shocked and disappointed to see this result of our meeting at my wife's chalet in Switzerland last year. As you know, I invited you to the chalet as a result of a request by our mutual friend M Paschoud. It was clearly understood that my invitation was in relation to the book you were writing about certain events in history of aviation. It was in no sense a press interview. Have you requested a press interview, I would of course have declined in keeping with my long established a policy of not taking part in press interviews. It is ridiculous to say that at our meeting in Switzerland, 'after 30 years of silence', I revealed the background of my 1927 New York-to-Paris flight. I spent 14 years writing a book about this flight and it is background. (The Spirit of Saint Louis, published in 1953.) As I told you during our discussion and in a letter afterwards, I was unable to improve on the accounts and descriptions incorporated in the book. I have always tried to assist authors who were working seriously in research related to incidents and development with which I was acquainted. In this connection, during the last 30 years I have often discussed details of my 1927 New York-to-Paris flat, as I did with you. It was always with the understanding the accuracy be maintained, and sensationalism avoided. I will not attempt to discuss farther the inaccuracies involved in the Paris Match article.'
Estimate:  £1500 - 2000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 197
Autographs/Communism: Castro Fidel (1926) Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (1926) is a Cuban communist revolutionary and politician who was Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976 and President from 1976 to 2008. Rare typed letter signed Fidel Castro one page 7ins. x 10ins. Havannah 1977 May 13. 'Republica de Cuba Presidente del Cosejo de Estado Y del Gobierno' with embossed seal at upper left corner. Signed in black ink by Castro addressed to Jirina and Frantisek Bares in Prague. Reads in part, translated: 'After my return from a trip to Africa and Europe, I received your letter, which was sent from you already in February this year. That's why no reply has been delivered earlier. I want to thank you especially for your kind words about our country and our people with whom you judge the work of the Cuban Revolution and the evidence of a revolutionary and fraternal spirit. The attack from the side of an antisocial element who sacrifices you became and which ends in an injury at the head hands of Comrade Frantisek-the consequence is a regrettable fact'. Mailing fold, red note upper right corner, else fine condition. Accompanied by a Czech translation of the Czech embassy in Prague.

Estimate:  £800 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 198
Autographs/music/rock: Bolan, Marc 1947 to 1977. Marc Bolan gained his fame by being the front man of English rock band T-Rex. He is often credited with helping to create the glam rock genre, with his unique stage presence and individual style. Type set of lyrics to the 1969 song 'Iscariot'. The song was featured on the unicorn album by Tyrannosaurus Rex, made up of Boland and Steve Peregrine Took. With several archive folds which are to be expected from documents such as this. The typed lyrics have been signed by Bolan in ballpoint ink at the bottom of the sheet. In fine condition. A wonderful example of the legendary musician's autograph on an early set of lyrics.
Estimate:  £1200 - 1800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 199
Isambard Kingdom Brunel: The Great Britain leaving Liverpool 1853, coloured engraving published by Cyclopaedia of useful Arts & Manufacturers. Approx. 6ins. x 9ins.
Estimate:  £20 - 40 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 200
Brunel/Bristol: Extremely rare ironstone grog serving bottle bearing the Royal Coat of Arms below "Steamship Great Britain". 11ins.
Estimate:  £500 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
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