Nelson & His World

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 Post subject: Interesting Christie's Sale
PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:40 pm 
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The quill pen with which Nelson wrote his last letter to Emma before Trafalgar is to be sold by Christie's.

The estimate, as is often the case, seems rather low.

https://news.justcollecting.com/admiral ... christies/

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 Post subject: Re: Interesting Christie's Sale
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:00 pm 
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I see the pen is being sold in Christies " Valuable Books and Manuscripts " sale lot 239.

Perhaps the National Maritime Museum will be looking to bid and hope to reunite it with it's original box and the letter. Would be nice to see it all displayed together.

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 Post subject: Re: Interesting Christie's Sale
PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:31 pm 
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From Christies auction results, Nelson's quill pen, Lot 239 went for £10,000.


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 Post subject: Re: Interesting Christie's Sale
PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:25 pm 
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Many thanks for the update, Phil. I wonder whether the purchaser was a public institution or a private collector. What a treasure!

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 Post subject: Re: Interesting Christie's Sale
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If the NMM or another maritime museum have acquired it, they will no doubt announce it in due course. If it's gone to a private collector then I guess they wouldn't want to make it public for security reasons.


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