Last weekend we achieved an astounding £38,000 total hammer – with proceeds going to charity, in the auction of the second half of the Laurie Butcher Autograph Collection.
Together with the £11,000 that was donated to the charity in November following the auction of the first half of the Laurie Butcher Collection of signed photographs, that’s £49,000 that we have raised for the North London Hospice with the generosity of our buyers who bid so strongly for such a good cause.
Autographs from some incredibly talented and inspiring superstars, including Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles and even political spearhead and UK Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill were personally collected by London-based Laurie Butcher over a period of six decades.
Having started collecting autographs as a teenager back in the 1950s, Laurie sadly passed away in early 2018, requesting that the collection was sold in his honour and all proceeds to be donated to The North London Hospice, a charity close to his and his wife’s hearts.
“ Laurie absolutely loved meeting the stars he collected autographs from, that was his true passion. He had a great love for the theatre, football and cricket and his extensive personal collection shows this,” said Carole, Laurie’s step-daughter.
Jonathan Torode, Auctioneer and Principal Valuer at Excalibur Auctions Ltd said: “It’s a phenomenal collection of autographs and an incredible look at the social history of a man dedicated to collecting autographs of some of the biggest names from stage, screen and the sporting world.
It’s fascinating to see how autographs have changed through the ages, from the type of paper and pen used, to the length of time celebrities gave to sign their autograph, some choosing to spend time personalising their autograph while others simply scrawl their name.”
We are very proud to have been able to raise such a large some of money for charity, in honour of Laurie, through being part of the sale of such an important piece of social history. There are a few autograph albums left unsold which we would love to sell to increase this total to our goal of £50,000 – let us know if you’re interested in seeing what we have left.
Excalibur Auctions welcomes any collections of autographs, and is happy to auction FREE of vendor charges and commission for registered charities.
Do please get in touch if we can help you sell your collection