Just a few months after her divorce with Prince Charles was final, Princess Diana expressed her wish to see the end of 1996 in a thank you letter sent to Spinal Research charity worker Simon Barnes. It seems that the two developed a close friendship while working with the International Spinal Research Trust. This exact letter was sold at RR Auction at a value of just under $2,000.00
The letter written on Kensington Palace stationery reads “I was enormously touched to receive your lovely present—I have not read ‘The Celestial Prophecy’ & I’m relying on you to alert me to these great books! Thank you so much for thinking of me at Christmas time—After all the changes that have taken place this year it’s marvelous of you to be so thoughtful. I hope 1997 will be a happy year for you—personally I can’t wait to get out of this one! Lots of love, Simon, & a huge heartfelt thank you for my book.”
The letter was auctioned off alongside a handwritten Christmas note from the Queen to her grandson, Prince William that Mirror mentioned in an article earlier this week, sold for close to $3,000. The auction also featured a photograph of Queen Elizabeth and her sister Margaret which sold for over $1,200 and other rare collectibles related to the royal family.
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Up for auction, a two page Charlotte Bronte signed letter (signed “C. Bronte”) to David Waldie, January 19, 1853, accompanied by a photocopy of the original envelope. The letter was written while staying at the Gloucester Terrace, London at the home of her publisher George Smith. The letter reads in full: “I have received your kind letter, and beg to thank you for it, as well as for the little books you mention, which have not yet reached me, but are no doubt awaiting me at home. The sincere appreciation of a reader’s gratification is—I scarcely need say—one of the most acceptable forms in which an author can be repaid for his labour. I shall be glad if any future work of mine gives you equal pleasure to that you speak of having found in ‘Jane Eyre.’”
Available at auction this week is a 39′ long, personally-used and -owned Robert Frost knotty wooden walking stick. The wooden walking stick is carved on one side with frosts name “R. Frost” and on the other side with the line “Miles to go before I sleep” from his famous poem ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.’
The stick is in fine condition and is accompanied by a letter of provenance , in part: “This walking stick was acquired by me from Robert Graham Chase’s Estate. Mr. Chase, was a personal friend of Robert Frost when he lived in Franconia and Vermont. According to him, Frost owned and used this walking stick when he lived in Vermont while at Dartmouth College.”
A one page autographed signed letter by Charles Dickens (signed “Wilmot”) December 5, 1863 to Peter Cunningham reenacting a play they had performed together in 1851. “I am delighted to get the hearty letter of my old Will’s-Coffee-House friend, Le Trimmer; and again the shade of poor dead Middlesex crosses me, saying, ‘Here’s Peter, won’t come on, you know!’—then in a ghostly manner, raps gold snuff-box, and fades into the other world…God bless us all this coming Christmas, and give us Christmas thoughts!”
This month, fine Artifacts and Autographs that crossed our auction block ranged from Alfred Nobel to George Washington. However, no item caused more of a splash than an Alan Turing letter containing a brainteaser puzzle for Maria Greenbaum, the daughter of his psychologist. The bidding finally stopped at $136,122.00 well surpassing its previous estimate of $100,000 – $120,000.
Other Notable Items Include:
George Washington Bank of Alexandria Check – Sold Price – $51,104.55