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Auction Name History in Manuscript: Letters and Documents from a Distinguished Collection - bidstart 4/4 Total Sales (GBP) 721,539.00
Auction Date 04/13/2022 - 04/13/2022 Low Estimate of Lots Sold (GBP) 361,500.00
Sale Number #L22424 High Estimate of Lots Sold (GBP) 529,350.00
Total Lots 158
Sold Lots 127 Low Estimate of All Lots (GBP) 517,200.00
% of Lots Sold 80.38% High Estimate of All Lots (GBP) 762,150.00
Unsold Lots 31 Total Sales as a % of High Est. 94.67%

Top twenty-five by sale price

Lot Number Author Name Book Title Year Published Estimate Actual Price
39 Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I | Letter signed, explaining her priorities in war-torn France to her new envoy to Henri IV, 1592

1592 GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 GBP 56,700.00
93 Mary, Queen Of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots | Autograph letter signed, to Catherine de Medici, pleading pardon for the Cardinal of Lorraine

GBP 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 GBP 52,920.00
23 China--Treaty of Tientsin

China--Treaty of Tiensin | Document outlining compensation to be paid by China, signed by the Earl of Elgin, 1858

1858 GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 44,100.00
40 Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I | Document signed, ordering her Military Commanders to take the fight to Spain, 1596

1596 GBP 20,000.00 - 30,000.00 GBP 40,320.00
100 Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery Of Alamein

Field Marshal Montgomery of Alamein | Series of letters to Sir Edward Crowe, 1942-59

1942-59 GBP 30,000.00 - 50,000.00 GBP 37,800.00
85 David Livingstone

David Livingstone | Autograph letter signed, to Lord Palmerston, reporting on the Zambezi expedition, 12 November 1861

1861 GBP 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 GBP 18,900.00
105 Napoleon I

Napoleon I | Letter signed, to Admiral Ganteaume, concerning plans for the invasion of England, 1803

1803 GBP 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 GBP 18,900.00
157 Zhou Enlai

Zhou Enlai | Letter signed, on military affairs, to J. Franklin Ray, Jr, 1946

1946 GBP 15,000.00 - 20,000.00 GBP 18,900.00
125 Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys | Autograph letter signed, to John Evelyn, reflecting on their friendship, 1701

1701 GBP 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 GBP 16,380.00
129 Pope Pius V

Pope Pius V | Papal Bull, on the conversion of the native population of the Americas, 1571

1571 GBP 5,000.00 - 7,000.00 GBP 16,380.00
116 Napoleon--Sir Hudson Lowe

Napoleon--Sir Hudson Lowe | Autograph letter signed, criticising Sir Pulteney Malcolm's meetings with Napoleon, 1817

1817 GBP 1,500.00 - 2,000.00 GBP 15,120.00
83 Robert Dudley, Earl Of Leicester

Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester | Autograph letter signed, to Queen Elizabeth I, [1584]

1584 GBP 7,000.00 - 9,000.00 GBP 13,860.00
11 Brendan Bracken

Brendan Bracken | Series of 127 letters to Lord Beaverbrook, on Churchill, British politics, and other subjects, 1925-58

1925-58 GBP 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 GBP 12,600.00
94 Mary, Queen of Scots--Brian Cave

Mary, Queen of Scots--Brian Cave | Accounts for the supply of foodstuffs for the imprisoned queen, 1585

1585 GBP 5,000.00 - 7,000.00 GBP 11,970.00
22 King Charles I

King Charles I | Document signed, ordering the arrest of the "Five Members" who had fled Parliament, 1642

1642 GBP 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 GBP 11,340.00
51 Margaret Fox

Margaret Fox | Autograph letter signed, to her husband George Fox, the founder of the Quaker movement, 1678

1678 GBP 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 GBP 10,080.00
102 Napoleon I

Napoleon I | Autograph manuscript report on the defence of Ajaccio, 1793

1793 GBP 7,000.00 - 9,000.00 GBP 10,080.00
62 Charles De Gaulle

Charles de Gaulle | Revised typescript of his speech outlining his plans for the Free French Organisation, November 1941

1941 GBP 7,000.00 - 9,000.00 GBP 8,820.00
131 Elizabeth, Lady Raleigh

Elizabeth, Lady Ralegh | Autograph letter signed, during her imprisonment in the Tower of London, 1592

1592 GBP 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 GBP 8,820.00
137 Spanish Inquisition

Spanish Inquisition | Manuscript eyewitness account of an early auto-da-fe, Valladolid, 1559

1559 GBP 4,000.00 - 6,000.00 GBP 8,820.00
90 Jean Paul Marat

Jean Paul Marat | Autograph manuscript draft letter of resignation from the National Convention, 1793

1793 GBP 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 GBP 8,190.00
65 General C.G. Gordon

General C.G. Gordon | Series of 12 autograph letters signed, on his governership of Sudan, to Nugent, 1874-79

1874-79 GBP 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 GBP 7,560.00
68 General C.G. Gordon

General C.G. Gordon | Autograph letter signed, to Sir Richard Burton, on European explorers in Africa, 1877

1877 GBP 6,000.00 - 8,000.00 GBP 7,560.00
139 John Hanning Speke

J.H. Speke | Autograph letter signed, to Murchison, on his Nile expedition and dispute with Burton, 10 May 1860

1860 GBP 3,000.00 - 5,000.00 GBP 6,930.00
21 Catherine II, Empress of Russia

Catherine II, Empress of Russia | Autograph letter signed, to Alexei Orlov, on his defeat of the Turks, 1770

1770 GBP 5,000.00 - 7,000.00 GBP 6,300.00
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