Document signed by Admiral Nelson sells for an astounding £9,000 at Spink in London

Document signed by Admiral Nelson sells for an astounding £9,000 at Spink in London May 18 2012

London. Spink, the world's premier auction house for collectables witnessed an extraordinary piece of history changing hands in its Bonds & Share Certificates of the World auction on Friday May 18, 2012, when it sold a historic document, penned by the great naval hero: Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) himself.

The document, still intact and in excellent condition is a printed power of attorney from Admiral Nelson authorising a William Marsh, John Page and Richard Creed to sell, or assign his £1000 worth of East India stock in his absence. Nelson was travelling extensively for many months at a time, so this document enabled his agents to handle his affairs in his absence and should the worst happen.

Even more interestingly, the document was witnessed and signed in handwriting by William Nelson and William Hamilton, whose wife Admiral Nelson famously had a long-term affair with. The Admiral signs his nameNelson & Bronte, acknowledging his title of Duke of Bronte, which he was appointed by Ferdinand I of Naples.

Mike Veissid, specialist for the sale, said: "We were delighted to be able to offer such an outstanding piece of history, that was also so well preserved. The document is truly priceless, as it is tangible evidence of our social history. The fact that the husband of the woman Admiral Nelson was having an affair with was a witness on the document is intriguing, as is the reason for handing over the power of attorney at this juncture. The document evokes a real sense of how strong the British Empire was at the time, as the East India Company was one of the most successful commercial monopolies of British history."

It is not surprising then that the document caused a huge stir in the saleroom, with frenzied bidding in the room and on the telephones. As the hammer came down there was an excited whoop, as it exceeded its pre-sale estimate of £6,000-8,000 achieving a total of £9,000. It was purchased by a private collector on the telephone.


For further press information, or pictures, please contact: Sandie Maylor,




or Telephone:

020 7563 4009


About Spink

Spink is the world's leading auctioneer of stamps, coins, banknotes, medals, bonds & shares, autographs   books, 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.  Spink is headquartered in London and holds over 70 auctions a year around the globe.  All catalogues are available on our website and through our Spink App for iPhone and iPad, and all auctions are broadcast live on our SpinkLive system.