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Tuesday, 20 June, 2017 - Modified on Tuesday, 20 June, 2017 at 11:37 am
A collection of autographs featuring singers and entertainers of the 1950s and 1960s amassed by a local collector is set to come under the hammer at Cuttlestones’ Specialist Collectors’ Sale in Wolverhampton next Friday, 23rd June.
Most are made out ‘To Shirley’ - for Wolverhampton local Shirley Fahy (neé Hill) who built the collection over two decades - and feature variously on photographs, programmes, post cards and tickets. Collected mainly in person at the stage door, signatures include Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Dusty Springfield, Billy Eckstine, The Hollies, Billy J. Kramer, Cilla Black, Gene Pitney, Johnnie Ray, Andy Williams, Peter Sellers, Charlton Heston - and many more. While Shirley did meet ‘Old Blue Eyes’ and many others in person, a few autographs - including those of Sammy Davis Jr and Roy Orbison - were posted from the US.
The lot also includes a copy of newspaper cutting from the Express & Star, in which Shirley can be seen in a crowd outside the Gaumont Cinema in Wolverhampton, enthusiastically trying to catch the attention of her favourite performer, David Whitfield. Shirley was successful in her quest, and a signed photograph of David collected on the evening is included in the lot.
Shirley sadly passed away in 2012, and the collection is being sold by her daughter, Kerry John, who says:
“I am hugely proud of mum’s collection – it was a real labour of love and compiling it and looking back at the memories gave her a lot of pleasure over the years. It gives a fascinating glimpse into a time when Wolverhampton regularly played host to these huge, global stars. We’re in the process of downsizing, so feel that now is the time for it to be sold on to another enthusiast who I hope will get just as much enjoyment from owning it.”
Expected to achieve £200 – £400, the collection will go under the hammer at Cuttlestones’ Wolverhampton sale room during its Friday, 23rd June Specialist Collectors’ Sale.
Viewing will take place on the Thursday before the auction from 10am – 7pm and on the morning of the sale. For more details on bidding options – including live online bidding, by commission and via the telephone – call 01902 421985 or head to www.cuttlestones.co.uk/salecatalogue/WS230617.htm