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HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS AUCTION
MAJOR HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS SALE
21st MAY 2013
The most important historical documents and ephemera sale we have ever staged takes place on May 21st.
Star lots include one of the largest collections of memorabilia relating to Mahatma Gandhi ever to be offered and a version of the Declaration of Irish Independence issued during the 1916 Easter Rising, considered to be the only copy in the world.
The sale also features the diary of one of the British Army commanders during the Easter Rising in Dublin and a scarce poster from the Irish General Election of 1927. The diary, in the hand of Colonel Betram Portal contains details which are so crucial that it is set to change the accepted versions of this historic event.
Also in the sale are two items which are set to take devotees of Sherlock Holmes by storm. They are commemorative brass plates issued by the American Bank Note Company during the legendary meeting of the American Society, the Baker Street Irregulars, in 1940.
A major archive of original military signals which tells the day to day story of the Falklands War in 1982 is also in the sale. This is also set to change accepted versions of events, as it gives precise details on what occurred every day from the arrival of British forces on the islands to the eventual triumphant dispatch to Mrs Thatcher in London that the islands had once again be regained from the Argentine forces.
The sale also features the Blue Ensign flag which adorned HMS Emerald during what is famously known as the ‘Nanking Incident' on the Yangtze River in China in 1927.
The flag carries the bullet holes from the British Navy's encounter with the Chinese Rebels.
In addition there is the usual comprehensive variety of historical documents in many fields to suit all tastes, and a very large selection of important documents and artefacts relating to India.
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NEWS IN BRIEF
Our latest Historical Documents and Ephemera sale once again produced some stunning results, with the top price of more than £9,300 being paid for part of an airline ticket !