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Autograph book could fetch 4,000

'With The Beatles' album cover stamp (from Royal Mail)
The With The Beatles album cover photograph has been used on stamps

A chef's autograph book signed by Diana Ross and The Beatles when they stayed at his Dorset hotel could fetch up to 4,000 at auction.

The seller also met other celebrities and got their autographs when they stayed at the Palace Court Hotel in Bournemouth in the 1960s and 1970s.

He served The Beatles snacks after a photo shoot by Robert Freeman in 1963.

One of the photographs taken that day was immortalised as the band's cover for their album, With The Beatles.

The autograph album is expected to fetch between 2,000 to 4,000 when it goes under the hammer at Duke's in Dorchester on 23 September.

Slave document

Another full set of Beatles' signatures scrawled on a folded piece of headed paper from the Imperial Hotel, Torquay, where the Beatles stayed in 1963, is also for sale with an estimate between 2,000 to 4,000.

Amy Brenan, of Duke's, said: "This particular collecting area has really increased in popularity over the last few years from famous footballer signatures to 1960s bands and famous actors past and present, all sorts of autographs are sought after.

"Generally the collectors are willing to pay the price to secure something for their collection."

Other items in the sale include a photograph of Abraham Lincoln together with an original newspaper reporting his assassination, estimated at 200 to 400.

A document - called a manumission - detailing the release of a slave in America is also expected to fetch between 200 to 400.

The paper, from 1817, provides details about the name of his slave, his age and the realisation that slavery is immoral.

Oswin Ricks, the master, writes about his 25-year-old slave, Moses, "... being of the opinion that it is my duty to do by others, as I would be done by, therefore I do hereby... set free the said Moses."




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