A Queen Elizabeth Autograph and Even Queen Elizabeth Memorabilia is Big Money
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Queen Elizabeth Autograph
A Queen Elizabeth autograph or Queen Elizabeth memorabilia usually sells for tens of thousands of dollars or pounds if Queen Elizabeth I and just hundreds or thousands of dollars or pounds for Queen Elizabeth II. The current Queen Elizabeth autograph is worth more because most of the Queen Elizabeth autograph items since the 1960’s are printed autographs, and not authentically signed. One way to determine if you have an authentic Queen Elizabeth autograph is to make sure it was signed in the 1950’s or before or that the Queen Elizabeth autograph is signed with her nickname, “Lillibet.” Here are some example of Queen Elizabeth items that we at NateDSanders.com have sold:
Exceptional first Queen Elizabeth autograph document signed, concerning the need for additional troops during the Nine Years War in Ireland in 1599. Fought from 1594-1603, the Nine Years’ War (also called Tyrone’s Rebellion), was the largest English conflict in the Elizabethan era, with England committing 18,000 troops to combat Gaelic Irish chieftains opposed to English rule. In this document, dated 4 June 1599, Queen Elizabeth writes to Lord Roger North, referring to him as the ”Treasurer of our Household and Lord Lieutenant of Oure Countie of Cambridge”. The Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire served as the Monarch’s personal representative for the counties of the United Kingdom, which in this case included all of Ireland. Document reads in part, “Right trusty and wellbeloved Counsellor wee greet yow well…our present Service in Irland requireth that there should be a speedy supply made of a certen nomber of men to be sent thither for the reinforcement and filling up of ye bands already gone [the Earl of Essex had taken a large contingent to Ireland earlier the same year] which upon occasion may from tyme to tyme grow weake and be diminished through sicknes or otherwise: for which purpose wee have resolved to have the nomber of two thousand men to be taken out of some speciall Counties of this our Realme, and put in readines for our Service aforesayd: wee therefore will and require yow with all expedition to Cause the nomber of fifty hable men within that our County of Cambridge, to be levyed, mustered, furnished with apparell or sorted with armour or weapons in such sort as yow shalbe directed by our Counsell. And for ye tyme of delading them on to such Captens and leaders, as they shall name unto yow to have the Charge to Conduct them to ye place of their imbarquing, As also for their Coate and Conduct and other necessaries, yow shall likewise follow such farther directions as yow shall receive them from our sayd Counsell. And these…shalbe your sufficient warrant and discharge…Given under our Signet at our Mannor of Greenwich the fourth day of June 1599…” Document features large, ornate ”Elizabeth R” signature at top, along with seal from the Queen. Docketing by recipient and integral address leaf to verso. Folds and toning, but in otherwise exceptional condition for a document of its age. Bold Queen Elizabeth autograph. Very good to near fine. Sold for $27,500.
Luxurious ball gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II as Princess. Elegant gown is accompanied by an invitation to her coronation as Queen of England. Gown of pink silk with floral pattern was designed by Norman Hartnell, the influential fashion designer and official Royal Family clothier. As provenance, lot includes documents from Buckingham Palace to a Ms. Kathleen Ward, to whom the gown was gifted in 1949 while Ms. Ward was a telephone operator at the palace. Also includes ”Woman’s Own” magazine in which Ms. Ward and the dress were featured, published 17 June 1961. Floor-length gown measures 17” across the chest and a slim 12” across the waist. Beautiful and near fine. Sold for $17,500.
Mary Queen of Scots document signed, ”Marie R”. Vellum document is datelined February 1582, Sheffield Castle, where Mary was confined by Queen Elizabeth I. The Throckmorton plot to kill and supplant Elizabeth with Mary was underway as the time of this document, which appoints John Botz to the prebend at Bitcry: ”Today, on the [blank] day of February, in the year of 1582, the Queen of Scotland, Doweress of France, being at the Castle of Sheffield in England, on the strength of the recommendation which has been made to her…of John Botz, granted and awarded to him the first Prebend which shall fall due hereafter, and a vacancy at Bitcry being in her Majesty’s disposal, she desires and orders…the letters of Investiture be sent to the said Botz…” Document measures 15.5” x 3.5”. Ink and pencil notations to verso. Creasing, a few tiny worming holes and minor scattered soiling. Overall near fine given age. Sold for $12,500.
Slice of wedding cake from the Royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, held on 20 November 1947. Cake comes inside cardboard presentation box, with silver lettering on top that reads, ”EP / BUCKINGHAM PALACE / 20th NOVEMBER 1947”. Cake is wrapped in plastic and with original doily on top. Includes small card that reads, ”With the Best Wishes of Their Royal Highnesses The Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh”. Box measures 2.75” x 4” x 1”. Appears to be missing bottom flap on top covering, otherwise intact and in very good condition. Sold for $3,250.
Queen Elizabeth II photo signed on the mat ”Elizabeth R / 1959”. This iconic image of the newly crowned Queen of England was her official coronation portrait. It became the most famous of noted photographer Dorothy Wilding’s works, popularized by the postage stamp series that ran from 1953 to 1967. Queen Elizabeth has since celebrated her diamond jubilee. Matte photo measures approximately 11” x 14” overall. Labeled ”British Mission in Conakry, Guinea, West Africa” on verso. Toning, else near fine. A gorgeous Queen Elizabeth autograph. Sold for $3,049.
Elaborate leather bound book signed by the entire Royal family in 1942. Upon the front pastedown, the King and his wife sign ”George R.I.” and ”Elizabeth R”. Under their parents’ signatures, Princesses ”Elizabeth” and ”Margaret” sign as well. Mounted beneath the autographs is a typed letter on BBC letterhead, dated 1942, telling the story of the record album, which contains 6 vinyl LP’s, produced by the BBC for a special performance at Windsor Castle on 21 April 1942 of the show, ”It’s That Man Again,” Princess Elizabeth’s favorite radio program. Record album contains all six original LP’s, although none are in playable condition and are broken in parts. The front of the leather bound book is embossed in gilt, ”Windsor Castle / 21 April 1942”. Book itself is in very good condition with a burn mark on the back cover and general wear. Autograph page is lightly discolored, though autographs themselves remain quite clear and bold, with the exception of King George’s signature which has faded slightly. A very attractive and unusual WWII memento of the British Royal family. Very early Elizabeth autograph. Sold for $2,772.
Sterling silver cosmetic compact owned by Queen Elizabeth II in 1956. Compact features an engine-turned decoration of the Queen’s cipher engraved to the front. The compact opens, revealing a small mirror as well as a removable component containing the original makeup powder and sponge. Hallmark engraved to the bottom of the compact reads: ”HHP / Plante / 12bury st. / SW1”. Measures 3” in diameter. Light wear, otherwise near fine. Sold for $1,663
Signed photo of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. In 1923, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married Albert, the Duke of York, who unexpectedly became King George VI upon the abdication of his brother Edward in 1936. Elizabeth was the Queen consort during his lifetime and when their daughter was crowned Queen Elizabeth II, she became known as the Queen Mother. Here the ”Queen Mum,” in all her royal splendor, poses for famed English fashion and portrait photographer Cecil Beaton, whose backstamp appears on the verso. She signs: ”Elizabeth R / 1964” upon the mat surrounding the photo, which is housed in the official leather Royal frame bearing the Royal insignia. Framed to an overall size of approximately 11” x 10.5”. Moderate wear to corner of frame. Overall very good. A splendid Queen Mother of Queen Elizabeth autograph. Sold for $1,626.
Autograph letter signed by Queen Elizabeth II, sent to Miss Creina Murray, a friend from her days as a Sea Ranger for the British Army during WWII. Letter, written on Windsor Castle stationery and dated 26 April 1960, reads in full: ”Dear Creina / Thank you very much for your letter about the wedding present which the members of S.R.S. Duke of York are giving to my sister – I think it sounds a very generous gift from the description of the boxes. I know Margaret is really delighted with them and very touched to be remembered by the crew. The last reunion was such fun that I think we ought to think about organising another one round about Christmastime! Do you know where Skipper is now – I have heard from her last from a place at Haslemere to do with the Ockender Venture but I don’t know if she is still doing that or whether she is still in Devonshire? I would be grateful if you could let me know sometime. Thank you again for writing. Yours sincerely / Elizabeth R”. Includes original envelope with official postage stamp and Windsor Castle return address. 3pp. letter measures 4.75” x 7.5”. Envelope measures 5.5” x 4.25”. Mailing fold and slight toning throughout. Very good overall. A fantastic Queen Elizabeth autograph letter signed. Sold for $1,250.
To auction, buy, consign or sell a Queen Elizabeth autograph, please contact Nate@NateDSanders.com or call (310) 440-2982.