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On a roll – 1960s signed Rolling Stones post card sells for £1,104

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The signed photo post card depicting all five founding
members of the Rolling Stones, which sold for over £1,000


A 1960s photo postcard depicting and signed by all five founding members of the Rolling Stones sold at auction on Friday, 15th February for an impressive £1,104. Individually signed by Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts, the lot was particularly sought-after due to the rarity of items signed by the tragic Jones – who drowned in his swimming pool in 1969, aged just 27 – and sparked a furious bidding war between bidders on the internet, in the room and on the phones.


This was not the only piece of Rock ‘n’ Roll history that came under the hammer at the West Midlands auction house Cuttlestones’ Specialist Collectors’ Sale – a letter from Beatles legend John Lennon’s beloved Aunt ‘Mimi’ Smith to a Staffordshire connection also garnered significant interest. Sold framed together with its envelope and a signed postcard of The Beatles, the 1964 letter spoke frankly of her relationship with John since the band’s meteoric rise to fame. It eventually sold to a winning bid of £298 on the phone.


The sleeper of the day turned out to be lot 132; a folio of forty assorted watercolours and drawings. Drawing considerable interest from International internet bidders, the collection eventually sold to a UK buyer in the room for £3,814.


Another item which caused considerable interest in the run-up up to the sale was lot 86, a copy of Sir Isaak Newton’s Opticks: Or a Treatise of the Reflections, Refractions, Inflections and Colours of Light. The third edition, corrected tome was printed for William and John Innys at the West End of St. Paul’s 1721. Guided at £600-1000, a number of commission and phone bids were registered on the day, with the winning bid of £1,190 coming via the internet.


The auction also offered coin collectors a tempting selection of lots, which went onto achieve very high sums. Lot 12, a collection of approximately £25 face value pre-1947 silver, 3d – 2/6, was the pick of the section, going for an impressive £859.


Unsurprisingly, given the vast array of high quality items up for grabs in the ‘Sporting Interest’ section – including some local interest Wolverhampton Wanderers lots – a large number of room, internet and phone bidders turned out for their chance to grab a piece of sporting history. One such item was lot 210; a superb set of fourteen real photograph postcards, each depicting and signed by a member of the Wolves 1939 FA Cup Final team, and published by Magna Wolverhampton. Having caused considerable local media interest prior to sale, and carrying a guide of £200-400, the bidding eventually came down to a telephone and room bidder; the latter victorious with a bid of £488.


Another item of sporting interest to cause a stir amongst bidders was lot 282 – four 1940s Stoke City official match fixture football programmes, including 1944/45 season v Birmingham City, 1946/47 season v Leeds United, 1946/47 season v Manchester United, and 1947/48 season v Everton, which achieved an impressive £536.


Another standout lot from the sale was lot 338, a Schaubek Stamp Album, from Germany covering 1872-1944, the 3rd Reich and representing virtually the complete mint, which fetched £500. The final lot of the day provided a fitting swansong; lot 427, a quantity (A of 18th & 19th Century Ephemera including documents signed by The Duke of Wellington (Arthur Wellesley), Queen Victoria, George I, George II, George III, George VI, William IV and others, went to a room buyer with a winning bid of £1,549.


For full results of the Friday, 15th February Specialist Collectors’ Auction, which took place at Cuttlestones’ Wolverhampton Auction Rooms, visit or call 01902 421985.

*Achieved prices inclusive of Buyers’ Premium

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