Royal autographs and painting by a friend of the Beatles for auction at Wombells of York



A collection of autographs, including a signed photo of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, will go under the hammer at Wombells auction house, Upper Poppleton, York, on Saturday.

Auctioneer and Valuer Matt Harris said: “ We have a large collection of autographs in the sale on Saturday and the pick of them is a framed signed photograph from 1951 of the Duke & Duchess of Windsor, with two supporting letters from The Private Secretary (probably Edward’s), a printed Duke and Duchess of Windsor greetings card and an old Bonhams valuation from December 2000.

“We’ve only discovered the private secretary letters and card today while cataloguing as they were tucked inside the frame behind the photograph.”

“The remaining autographs in the collection - a large collection of several books and photographs - are mainly 1970s to 1980s variety theatre interest with notable names including David Essex, Freddie Starr, John Inman, Ronnie Barker, The Grumbleweeds etc.

Mr Harris said: “We’ve also got two original Tony Husband cartoons donated by the artist to and being offered in support of The Border Collie Safety Net charity.”

“We also took in a painting entitled “Our Cow” by Yankel Feather on Friday. While the artist is Cornish based later in his life (the painting we are offering is from the 1980s) his Liverpool, Mersey Beat, Beatles connection is an interesting one.”

Feather was born in Liverpool and In the 60s and 70s he was a well known person in the city owning night clubs and antique shops. During the time when Merseybeat hit the world his friends were Brian Epstein, The Beatles, Cilla Black, Adrian Henri, Arthur Ballard, George Jardine and many more

Mr Harris added: “Finally, we’ve cleared a cottage on the Cusworth Hall estate and we’ve got a decent amount of 19th century and later horse tack in the sale, together with 18th century and later horse racing, hunting and field sports interest books.”

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