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 Christie's Auction -- Letter Signed with Richard's (RR) Monogram

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PostSubject: Christie's Auction -- Letter Signed with Richard's (RR) Monogram   Sat Mar 22, 2014 12:07 pm




A closed Christie's auction here from 13 June 2012 shows that a letter signed with Richard's monogram (RR) sold for £109,250 ($168,901) when it was estimated to go for £10,000 - £15,000 ($16,000 - $23,000).

Provenance included: the document presumably passed to John Peyto-Verney, 16th Baron Willoughby de Broke, when he bought the manor of Brookhampton in 1795; an annotation to the upper margin records its presentation to William Hamper by Henry Peyto-Verney, the 16th Baron on 11 November 1822; purchased by John F. Reed at Godspeed's Book Shop Inc., 16 May 1960, $850; to present owner. A RARE ROYAL SIGNATURE. According to our records, no document with a signature of Richard III as king has been offered at auction for at least the last forty years.

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PostSubject: Re: Christie's Auction -- Letter Signed with Richard's (RR) Monogram   Sat Mar 22, 2014 3:33 pm

Anyone seen a transcription of this item?
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PostSubject: Re: Christie's Auction -- Letter Signed with Richard's (RR) Monogram   Sat Mar 22, 2014 3:40 pm

drajhtoo wrote:
Anyone seen a transcription of this item?

My bad, I should have included it with my previous post. The complete transcription/description is up at the Christie's link thus:

RICHARD III (1452-1485), king of England. Letter signed (with his monogram, 'R.R.') to the justices of the peace in Warwickshire, Westminster, 22 February n.y. [1484 or 1485], informing them that 'grevous complaint hath be [sic] made unto us on the behalve of oure pooer Subgiet Robert Dalby of an Iniurie surmised to be done unto him by oone Robert Worsley of Chepyngton in wrongfully wt[h]holding frome him the Manoire of Brokhampton', requesting therefore, 'trusting in yo[u]r Wisdomes lernyng and indifferency [i.e. impartiality] if it be as is surmised that ye se[e] oure said Subgiet put in the peasible possession of the said Manoire', in English, on vellum, 10 lines on one membrane, 212 x 293mm, integral address panel, seal slits, remnant of seal on verso (minor wear and losses to folds, small tape repairs on verso, trimmed at lower margin obscuring a countersignature), window-mounted.

Provenance: the document presumably passed to John Peyto-Verney, 16th Baron Willoughby de Broke, when he bought the manor of Brookhampton in 1795; an annotation to the upper margin records its presentation to William Hamper by Henry Peyto-Verney, the 16th Baron on 11 November 1822; purchased by John F. Reed at Godspeed's Book Shop Inc., 16 May 1960, $850; to present owner. A RARE ROYAL SIGNATURE. According to our records, no document with a signature of Richard III as king has been offered at auction for at least the last forty years.
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PostSubject: Re: Christie's Auction -- Letter Signed with Richard's (RR) Monogram   Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:13 am

Interesting. As usual it shows Richard being concerned for the welfare of a comparatively insignificant subject, and also being fair-minded. He's not showing favouritism, but handing the matter over to someone he trusts to assess the guy's claim expertly and impartially.

It's this sort of thing which makes an interesting contrast with Henry. Henry despite his reputation could be both kind and spectacularly generous, but his generosity was whimsical and based on whether he found somebody personally appealing, whereas Richard had this kind of organised philanthropy, a philosophical desire to do right by his poorer subjects in a fair and impartial way.
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PostSubject: Re: Christie's Auction -- Letter Signed with Richard's (RR) Monogram   Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:31 pm

Interesting, so this person was ousted from his manor? These are the types of documents i need to read for a research project, i cannot buy any but would appreciate if members post links to transcripts. Especially interested in the decisions in these types of cases.
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