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Jack the Ripper postcard to be auctioned

A postcard which may have been sent by serial killer Jack the Ripper, could fetch thousands of pounds at an auction in Folkestone.

The Ripper letters were key police evidence in the hunt for the criminal who murdered at least 5 women in East London in the 19th century - 129 years ago.

But they have never come up for sale... until now. Our reporter Nashreen Issa spoke to the postcard's owner Doreen Hall and painting expert Jonathan Riley.

Autographs from the biggest icons come up for sale

An autograph from Sir Edmund Hillary features in the collection Credit: Campbells auctioneers

A collection of over a thousand signatures and autographs from the worlds most iconic figures will be up for auction tomorrow.

The historical collection features signatures from royalty, prime minsters and famous authors including Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The man behind it was Jon Evans. He gathered the pieces over 50 years, until his death in 2007 at the age of 90.

Autograph of former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill Credit: Campbell's Auctioneers

Campbell's Auctioneers of Worthing, who are auctioning the collection believe it could gets as much as £25,000 to £30,000.


Dead as a Dodo but worth a small fortune!

We all know they're extinct, but now collectors have a unique opportunity to invest in the icon that is the Dodo.

An auction house in Sussex is about to sell a skeleton of the large flightless bird for the first time ever, and the price is expected to take off.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Rupert van der Werff, to find out why the legend of the Dodo lives on.

Former 'House of the year' sold at auction with same decor from 50 years ago

Now, cast your mind back to a time when bathrooms came in colour, wall to wall carpets were the latest thing, and your party guests enjoyed warm nibbles from a Hostess hot-plate!

If you think that's all from a time gone by, you'd be right, except at one house.

A former winner of "House of the Year", which has just been sold at auction, with all fixtures, fittings and decorations exactly as they were fifty years ago.

Andy Bevan went along to have a look.

Winston Churchill's chewed cigar up for auction

The cigar was kept in this paper bag Credit: Duke’s of Dorchester

The chewed end of a cigar smoked by Winston Churchill in his hospital bed is expected to fetch up to £1000 at auction in Dorset today.

The former Prime Minister smoked it in 1962 while was recuperating from a fractured hip. Smoking was allowed in hospitals at that time and the stubbed out cigar was saved by a student nurse and kept in a paper bag.

It will go under the hammer in Dorchester.


Titanic letter to go under the hammer

This letter from the owners of the Titanic will be sold at auction Credit: Henry Aldridge & Son

A letter from the owners of the Titanic to the family of an officer who died when the ship sunk, is to be sold at auction in Wiltshire.

It asks for money to return the body of James Moody, to England.

He was on watch when the ship struck the iceberg. However his remains were never found.

Royal French chair to go under the hammer

This chair once belonged to Princess Marie Antoinette Murat of France Credit: Duke's of Dorchester

Duke’s of Dorchester, Dorset are to sell a 200 year old chair that was once owned by a glamorous French princess. The chair originally belonged to Princess Marie Antoinette Murat (1793-1847 ) whose famous Uncle Joachim Murat, King of the Two Sicilies from 1808 to 1815, was brother-in-law to Napoleon through marriage to Napoleon’s younger sister, Caroline Bonaparte.

The chair, which is thought to date from around 1810, is typical for the style that became favourable during the Napoleonic reign, for example, the intricately caned seat, gilt paintwork and Egyptian-head decorated legs.

It was later acquired by Field Marshal Lord Grenfell, GCB, GCMG, FSA, where it featured in his Napoleonic Collection before presenting it in February 1920 to Bournemouth Natural Science Society. A label still remaining on the chair is testament to the gift.

Napoleonic related items are well sought after at auction and there have been some astounding results in recent years. Napoleon Bonaparte is arguably the most famous historic figure in French history and thus creates strong interest from collectors all over the world. Recently a bicorn hat belonging to Napoleon Bonaparte sold for £1.25 million proving that the market is very strong.

This chair, aptly described by Duke’s Auctioneers as “Fit for a Princess” is to be sold in a specialist furniture auction on 5th December estimated at £800-£1600.

Spectacular horse sculptures to be sold at auction

One of the horse's heads being sold at auction Credit: Summer Place Auctions

A fascinating auction is due to take place at Billingshurst in West Sussex. Camden Lock is now famous for its market – the fourth most popular London visitors' attraction, with around 100,000 visitors each weekend – but it used to be known for the Pickford horse stables and horse hospital.

To commemorate the origins of the market, the owners commissioned a number of bronzes, mainly depicting horses and those working with them, to be installed around the market and in the market halls in the 1990s.

Some of these life-sized bronzes will now be sold at auction in Summers Place Auction's Sculpture and Design for the House and Garden live sale on 21 and 22 October.

Eighteen bronzes and statues will be included in the live sale and the particular highlights are the two monumental horse's heads, both about 3.2 metres high and 3.7 metres wide, they are being sold as individual lots, with an estimate of £15,000 – 25,000 each.

Also included in the sale is a bronze stallion, which is over two metres high and estimated at £5,000 – 8,000.

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