Today, 18th July 2014,
Spink London held an auction of unique 'Postal History, Autographs
and Historical Documents'.
From a varied selection of over 100
historically important items, the sale offered pieces of history
from Napoleon Bonaparte to Rt Hon Neville Chamberlain.
The most outstanding item to be
featured was the British Airways flight ticket the then Prime
Minister, Neville Chamberlain, was issued for his 1938 visit to
Germany that resulted in the Munich agreement (Lot 3081). This
iconic piece of history sold for £16,800.
Price Realised: £16,800
Amongst the other intriguing curios
offered was a collection of 48 exclusive photographs documenting
the Visit to Egypt by the hereditory Prince of Iran, the future
Shah Reza Pahlavi, on the occasion of his marriage to Princess
Fawzia (Lot 3136). The unique archive intimately captures the
dynastic marriage that ended in divorce and achieved £4,560.
Price Realised: £4,560
Other noteworthy items included a
personal cheque signed by George Armstrong Custer, the United
States Army Officer and Calvary Commander famous for his defeat at
the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876, (Lot 3148, realised £3,600),
and a rare Act of 1657 that determined the Post Office's
responsiblity for the carriage of mail throughout Britain (Lot
3011, realised £2,760).
Price Realised: £3,600
Price Realised: £2,760
Spink is the world's leading
auctioneer of stamps, coins, banknotes, medals, bonds & shares,
autographs, books and wine. Since its foundation in 1666, the
Spink name has become synonymous with tradition, experience and
integrity. Holder of royal warrants and numerous records for prices
achieved at auction, Spink offers an unparalleled range of services
to collectors worldwide. Headquartered in London, with
offices in New York, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore, Spink
holds over 70 auctions a year. Catalogues can be accessed
through the Spink website (www.spink.com) or via the Spink App for
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