Lord Nelson 1799 manuscript letter brings $32,372 in Derby, UK, sale


2015-06-26 12:37:21


Lord Nelson 1799 manuscript letter brings $32,372 in Derby, UK, sale

One of Britain's greatest heroes, Admiral Lord Nelson, has made his mark in the collectibles markets

You might be aware that we're big fans of Admiral Lord Nelson here at Paul Fraser Collectibles - the man who, just moments from death at the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar, uttered the immortal line "Thank GodI have done my duty."

Today, Nelson's legacy on the collectibles markets befits his heroism. Among the items we have in stock - and are currently for sale - include a flag from the HMS Victory aboard which Nelson died. It's only the second piece of the ship's flag that we've handled in recent years.

Elsewhere, Lord Nelson's hair is highly-collectible. Lord Nelson's hair is highly collectible. In January 2011 a London auction house sold a small locket of hair for a record price of 44,000 ($71,000)- in doing so smashing the auction estimate of 2,000-3,000.

And now Hansons Auctioneers of Derby, UK, has continued the trend with its sale of a letter by Admiral Lord Nelson.

rare-lord-admiral-nelson-letterrare-lord-admiral-nelson-letterNelson's letter dated August 2, 1799, brought 20,200 ($32,372)

The correspondence, dated August 2, 1799, brought an 20,200 ($32,372) at the city's Mackworth Hotel. It is addressed to William Frederick Wyndham, then the British minister for Florence.

"The Government would not pay 10 for me for any news, however interesting" writes Nelson - two years after he lost his arm in Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. "I am anxious to hear of any movements of the armies."

The result is even more impressive considering it more than doubled the letter's original 8,000-12,000 presale estimate. It sold to an anonymous buyer described by the auctioneer as being a "big Nelson enthusiast."

We would consider 8,000-9,000 a typical market value for a Nelson letter of this calibre. At Paul Fraser Collectibles, we presently have our own letter in stock priced at

Paul Fraser Collectibles has an autographed letter by Nelson to an unnamed admiral. It waswritten two years after the note sold at Hansons Auctioneers for 20,200. Ours is priced at 8,500

"I'm delighted to celebrate Nelson this way," auctioneer Charles Hanson told the BBC. "It's gone beyond what we expected it to make."

The letter was apparently discovered in a home in Lichfield, Staffordshire, and was once owned by Mark Berry, William Frederick Wyndham's distant relative. This provenance helped guarantee the 20,200 letter's addition to Nelson's strength as a 'blue chip' of the collectibles markets.

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