Enforcement action

Writ of control - The Sheriffs Office took control of the goods and under the authority of the authorised High Court Enforcement Officer the goods will now be sold.

Method of sale

Auction - the goods will be sold by Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions, Bloomsbury House, 24 Maddox Street, London W1S 1PP - Tel: +44 20 7495 9494 - Fax: +44 20 7495 9499

Web: www.dreweatts.com/

Date: 31st March 2015

Goods to be sold

A significant private collection of letters and manuscripts including:

Political and military

  • Winston Churchill – Politician and British Prime Minister
  • Adolf Hitler - Austrian-born German politician and leader of the Nazi Party
  • Napoleon Bonaparte - French military and political leader
  • Duke of Wellington - Anglo-Irish general and statesman and twice British Prime Minister
  • Emily Pankhurst - British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement
  • William Pitt - British statesman of the Whig group
  • Marshal Soult - French general and statesman, Marshal of the Empire in 1804
  • Daniel O'Connell - Irish political leader
  • William Bramwell Booth - Chief of Staff and General of The Salvation Army
  • Oliver Baldwin - British politician
  • Juan Lavalle - Argentine military and political figure
  • Eva Perón – Argentinian, wife of President Juan Perón and 1st Lady of Argentina
  • Len Godfrey - American navigator on board the The Great Artiste bomber (Nagasaki)
  • Antonio José de Sucre – Venezuelan independence leader and statesmen

Royalty and leaders

  • Elizabeth II – Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth
  • George III - King of Great Britain and Ireland 1760 to 1801
  • James II - King of England and Ireland (and Scotland as James VII)
  • Clement VII – Pope from 1523 to 1534
  • Paul III - Pope 1534 to 1549
  • Louis XVI – King of France 1774 to 1792
  • Louis XVIII - King of France 1814 to 1824
  • Catherine de' Medici - Queen of France 1547 to 1559
  • Joséphine Bonaparte - Wife of Napoleon I and first Empress of the French.
  • Catherine II - Catherine the Great, the longest-ruling female leader of Russia

Science and Invention

  • Albert Einstein - German-born theoretical physicist and philosopher of science
  • Thomas Edison – American inventor and businessman
  • Sigmund Freud – Austrian neurologist
  • James Watt - Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer
  • Gustave Eifel - French civil engineer and architect
  • Orville Wright - American inventor and aviation pioneer
  • Samuel Morse - American painter and inventor
  • Alessandro Volta - Italian physicist and pioneer of the first electrical battery
  • Albert Schweitzer – German (later French) theologian, organist, philosopher, physician
  • Nevil Maskelyne - The fifth English Astronomer Royal
  • William Robert Grove - Welsh judge and physical scientist
  • Ernest Rutherford - British nuclear physicist
  • Charles Babbage - English mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer
  • Albert Sabin - American medical researcher and pioneer of the polio vaccine
  • Walter Gropius - German architect and founder of the Bauhaus School
  • Georges Cuvier - French naturalist and zoologist
  • Thomas Mann - German novelist, social critic, philanthropist and Nobel Prize winner.
  • Karl Richard Lepsius - Russian Egyptologist, linguist and archaeologist
  • Jean Bernard Léon Foucault - French physicist
  • Edwin Lutyens - British architect
  • Jean-Martin Charcot - French neurologist and professor of anatomical pathology
  • Werner Heisenberg - German theoretical physicist and pioneer of quantum mechanics

Artists, painters and sculptors

  • Pablo Picasso - Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright
  • Renoir - French impressionist artist
  • Henry Spencer Moore - English sculptor and artist
  • Felix Nadar - French photographer, caricaturist, journalist, novelist, and balloonist
  • Paul Klee - Swiss German modern painter
  • Paul Signac - French Neo-Impressionist painter
  • Paul Delvaux - Belgian painter
  • René Magritte - Belgian surrealist artist
  • Georges Rouault - French painter, draughtsman, and printer
  • Arnold Schoenberg - Austrian composer and painter
  • André Derain - French artist, painter and sculptor

Writers, author and poets

  • Oscar Wilde - Irish writer, poet and playwright
  • Marquis De Sade - French aristocrat, revolutionary politician, philosopher and writer
  • André Gide - French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947
  • John Maynard Keynes – British economist and Government advisor
  • Geoffrey Langdon Keynes - English biographer, surgeon, physician, scholar and bibliophile
  • Pablo Neruda - Chilean poet politician and Nobel Prize winner for Literature in 1971
  • James Fenimore Cooper - American writer
  • Stefan Zweig - Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer
  • Alexandre Dumas - French writer
  • Émile Zola - French writer
  • Noah Webster - American lexicographer, political writer, editor and prolific author
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator
  • Robert Baden-Powell – Lieut. Gen, British Army, writer, founder of the Scout Movement
  • Gustave Flaubert - French writer
  • André Breton - French writer and poet
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - German writer and statesman

Musicians and composers

  • Louis Armstrong - American jazz trumpeter and singer
  • Franz Liszt - Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, teacher and Franciscan tertiary
  • Johannes Brahms - German composer and pianist
  • Edvard Grieg – Norwegian composer and pianist
  • Wilhelm Richard Wagner - German composer, theatre director, polemicist, and conductor
  • Béla Bartók - Hungarian composer and pianist
  • Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - German composer, pianist, organist and conductor
  • Giacomo Puccini - Italian composer
  • Pietro Mascagni - Italian composer
  • Umberto Giordano - Italian composer
  • Jules Massenet - French composer
  • Darius Milhaud - French composer and teacher
  • Giacomo Meyerbeer - German composer
  • Antonín Dvořák - Czech composer
  • Jean Sibelius - Finnish composer
  • Niccolò Paganini - Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer
  • Hector Berlioz - French Romantic composer

Outcome

The sale raised £270,000, almost double the estimate. The star lot was sheet music by Handel, estimated at £300, which sold to the tune of £12,000.

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