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De Medici letter reveals Pope appointment plot

04 March 2024

This single-sheet letter was written by Catherine de Medici (1519-89) to the ambassador to Spain.

Antarctic expedition letters

Letters from 1901 Antarctic explorers show warm feelings for their earlier hosts in New Zealand

26 February 2024

A long-forgotten group of letters written by senior members of Scott and Shackleton’s first trailblazing 1901 expedition to the Antarctic has been discovered.

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Mail recovered from Titanic casualty

19 February 2024

The British and US postal clerks aboard transatlantic liners had the duty of sorting the mail during the passage.

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Original watercolour for Little Prince makes top price among an array of manuscripts and letters

29 January 2024

An original watercolour of the 'Little Prince' by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry fetched nearly 10 times its low estimate, selling for a record £240,000 hammer.

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Fascinating Fleetwood Mac material reveals the road to stardom

02 January 2024

Fleetwood Mac are famous for the huge-selling Rumours album that propelled the band to superstardom but the original line-up and sound were very different.

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Forster’s letters and books to the policeman he loved

02 January 2024

Letters and books marking the deep relationship between author EM Forster and policeman Bob Buckingham and his family sold for £9000.

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Turing and Bayley in tandem as scientific archive comes to the saleroom

18 December 2023

Newly discovered papers show how renowned mathematician and his collaborator worked hand in hand

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Brilliant minds Leibniz and Wotton bring brilliant price

11 December 2023

Letter from German mathematician to English scholar takes £14,000 in Edinburgh saleroom

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Most famous novelist of her day – now hardly known

04 December 2023

Top-selling lot in Halls’ (24% buyer’s premium) books and manuscripts sale on November 15 was a collection of 14 letters written by the Anglo-Irish novelist Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) between 1818-31.

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Shipshape $7000 surprise

04 December 2023

A group of letters sent from a clipper ship captain in Shanghai during the Second Opium War (1856-60) to his sons in the Charlestown area of Boston resounded with bidders at Merrill’s Auctioneers (21% buyer’s premium) in Williston, Vermont on November 3.

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Drawing by young Elizabeth II failed to impress her mother

13 November 2023

The October 18-19 sale at Everard Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) in Savannah, Georgia, featured manuscripts, photos and ephemera focused on European royalty.

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Man of letters: correspondence from famous figures

30 October 2023

A collection of correspondence penned by leading figures of the 20th century to an Oxford academic raised more than £20,000 for charity at Chiswick Auctions (25% buyer’s premium) on October 10.

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Charlotte Brontë no longer in male guise

16 October 2023

A wistful and chatty letter from Charlotte Brontë to her editor William S Williams sold for $65,000 (£47,450) in California on September 7.

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Samuel Johnson letter located and bought by UK institution at auction

09 October 2023

While its existence was known, the whereabouts was a mystery until a routine house valuation

Malcolm Campbell memorabilia

Speed of the essence as Crawford lots emerge at Scottish sale

04 September 2023

A group of four lots being sold by the family of the former foreign editor of The Daily Mail includes items relating to the first direct flight across the Atlantic as well as Malcolm Campbell’s Blue Bird 1933 land speed record.

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Charlotte Brontë looks back to her days as Currer Bell

28 August 2023

A wistful and chatty letter from Charlotte Brontë to her editor William S Williams comes for sale in California on September 7.

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Oscar Wilde letter ponders inverted commas

14 August 2023

A fine Oscar Wilde letter sold for £16,000 at Dawsons (25% buyer’s premium) in Maidenhead on June 29.

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Rationality and religion combined

10 July 2023

Like many scientists and eminent thinkers of the time, Isaac Newton was also a devout Christian who thought deeply about religious matters, as a manuscript sold at auction in New York reveals.

Mozart letter

Mozart frets about his future marriage in letter coming up at Christie's auction

26 June 2023

A handwritten letter by the 26-year-old Mozart coming up for auction at Christie’s reveals a tricky love life.

Corday letter

Letter by Marat murderer Corday bought by Normandy institutions

14 June 2023

A letter of justification by the woman who assassinated the French Revolutionary journalist and politician Jean-Paul Marat has been bought by a group of Normandy institutions at auction.