23/02/2016 : AUTOGRAPHS OF THE RICH & FAMOUS UP FOR AUCTION
A remarkable autograph book consigned by the daughter of O.V. Lucas, former captain of the RMS Aquitania and RMS Queen Elizabeth, is to be sold at Adam Partridge Auctioneers of Liverpool.
Lucas was captain of the ships in the 50s and early 60s and during this time, the many autographs he managed to collect include:
Aristocracy - Edward Duke of Windsor & Wallis Windsor, Lord Cornwallis & Esme Cornwallis
Military & Political figures - Montgomery of Alamein, Fraser of North Cape (Admiral of the Fleet), Dwight Eisenhower
Hollywood Stars - Danny Kaye, Alec Guinness, Gregory Peck, David Niven, Van Johnson, Burt Lancaster, Jimmy Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Jackie Cooper, Angela Lansbury, Anna Neagle, Deborah Kerr,
Also Christian Dior, Frederick Lonsdale, Irving Berlin, Somerset Maugham, Sir Oswald Birley (renowned artist with sketch) and many others. Many of the autographs are signed “To Margaret” as Lucas collected them for his daughter. Every time he returned from a trip, he had more autographs for her.
The book comes up for sale on the 2nd March and carries an estimate of £1,000 - £1,500.
In the same sale and discovered in a local house clearance is a visitors book dating from the late 19th century.
The book, estimated at £100 - £200, is sparsely filled but includes some important signatures of royalty and aristocracy including Albert and Elizabeth June 21st 1932 (prior to becoming King George VI and the Queen Mother), Princess Mary Adelaide (Duchess of Teck, mother of Queen Mary, great grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II), Princess Helena (3rd daughter of Queen Victoria), Victoria Schleswig-Holstein (Princess Helena Victoria, granddaughter of Queen Victoria), also stars including Gracie Fields, various Mayors & Mayoresses, and more.