On July 18th, Spink
London is proud to announce a sale of 'Postal History, Autographs
and Historical Documents'.
From a varied selection of over 100
lots, the auction offers items of important historic value that are
as relevant today as when they were created.
One of which includes the British
Airways Ltd. flight ticket "The Rt. Hon. Neville Chamberlain" was
issued during his notorious 1938 trip to the infamous Munich
During this, the late Prime
Minister signed the Munich Pact alongside Benito Mussolini, French
Premier Edouard Daladier and Adolf Hitler, to allow Germany de
facto control of Czechoslovakia and a promise that no further acts
of invasion should take place.
Upon his return to Britain a day
later, Chamberlain landed at Heston airport to rapturous applause,
announcing he believed this agreement meant "peace in our
However, this "peace" was
short-lived with Hitler disregarding the agreement and continuing
his expansion across Europe.
A year later, Chamberlain was put
in the embarrassing situation of announcing that a "state of war"
existed between Germany and Britain. By the time, Hitler occupied
Norway and Denmark, Chamberlain was finished as a credible
Completed in pencil capitals, the
ticket records Chamberlains flight to Munich at 8:30am on BA/WS
"18249" upon self-carbonated paper. The under-half of this ticket
was sold by Christie's in 1992 for £13,200.
Spink Specialist, Ian Shapiro,
comments "This was one of the most significant and iconic moments
in twentieth Century British history."
The historical ticket is estimated
£12,000 - £15,000.
Estimate: £12,000 - £15,000
Another item contingent with
current affairs is a printed letter from the Commission of the
General Assembly to the Presbyter of Hamilton.
Echoing today's debate for Scottish
independence, the letter contains the conversation prior to the
1707 Act of Union between Scotland and Britain (Lot 3022).
Dated 1706, the letter states that
all will be well with discussions for the Scottish union with
England, but a reply from the Presbytery states they are not happy
with the notion at all;
"As to the Disposition of the
People, the plain Truth is, That they are generally most adverse
from the Union; and many have expressed themselves broadly against
it, as what they fear may prove an irremediable Evil"
The black letter press printing is
estimated £250 - £300.
Estimate: £250 - £300
The auction also contains many
unique items that will spark intrigue in the discerning collector.
One of which is a leather bound ledger containing hundreds of
signatures from recipients of prestigious medals (Lot
Opening with the Order of the
Garter, the book charts a long and dedicated passion for the
subject. Tracing signatures from the Royal family, high ranking
members of the army and navy.
Created by Lt. Col Robert
Sandilands Frowd Walker C.M.G, every medal, whether for honour,
gallantry or a campaign is accompanied with a piece of ribbon,
details or illustrations of the medal alongside as many signatures
from the recipients that could be acquired.
The impressive book of autographs
is estimated £15,000 - £20,000.
Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000
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
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