Treasure trove of Stan Laurel memories heads to saleroom

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8 September 2017 6:04PM

A treasure trove of rarities with direct and personal links to Ulverston-born movie star Stan Laurel are being sold at auction next week.

The sale from Tuesday to Thursday, September 12 to 14, by Anderson and Garland at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne includes several original scripts.

Most have handwritten notes by Stan, who was born at 3 Argyle Street, Ulverston - as Arthur Stanley Jefferson - on June 16 in 1890.

The scripts, from the 1930s to 1950s, were once the property of Stan's screen partner Oliver Hardy and were sold from his estate by auction in Californa almost 25 years ago.

All the scripts have pre-sale estimates in the price range from £600 to £1,000 - but it is difficult to gauge the true value of such rare items with personal notes and changes written on them by Stan Laurel.

Included is an 18-page script to Birds of a Feather and others to A spot of Trouble, The Driver's Licence and Up in Ollie's Room.

There is also a unique script from the star duo's only British TV appearance on October 17 in 1953 called Face the Music and hosted by Henry Hall.

Another typed script is for a 1953 BBC radio interview before a charity benefit show held at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin.

Among more standard Stan and Ollie items in the same sale is a United States film poster for the film A Chump at Oxford, which should sell for £300 to £500.

The sale at Crooklands by 1818 Auctioneers on Monday, September 11, includes three RL Challenge Cup final programmes featuring Barrow visits to Wembley in 1955, in 1957 and finally in 1967.

Barrow won the cup against Workington in 1955 and the auction lot also includes a ticket and a song sheet.

The estimate for the collection is £40 to £60.

A large group of toys and models is included in the sale, including a Dinky Supertoys die-cast model of a Foden truck in its original card box at a likely £70 to £100.

Last Saturday the Barrow Salvation Army on Abbey Road held the first of its sales of collectable items which had been donated by members of the public.

The sale, organised by volunteer Paul Duffin, raised £307 on the day with deposits left on other items which should bring the total to around £400.

Among items sold were a pair of vintage railway whistles at £25.

Another sale will be held later in the year.

Lt Martin Davison, of Barrow Salvation Army, said: "The other heartening aspect of the day was the folk who came into the building for the first time and wanted mini tours of the citadel.

"Most were staggered by its size and the diversity of community activity and heritage features."

The sale on September 27 by London's Forum Auctions expects £250 to £350 for a group of books including a 1774 first edition of The Antiquities of Furness by Thomas West.

A sale by Sworders of Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, on Tuesday, September 12, has a pre-sale estimate of £200 to £300 on a watercolour called Coniston from Waterhead Hotel.

It is the work of Edward H. Thompson, who lived from 1879 to 1949.

A painting dated 1864 called Lake Windermere, Westmorland, is in the sale on Wednesday and Thursday, September 13 to 14, by Peter Wilson at Nantwich, Cheshire.

It is the work of Charles F. Buckley, who lived from 1812 to 1869, and should sell for £100 to £150.

The Saturday, September 16, sale by The Duchy Auction Company, at Penryn, Cornwall, has a watercolour with the the short title of Windermere.

It is by Arthur Tucker, who lived from 1869 to 1929, and should sell for £250 to £500.

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