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Lights, camera, action! Epic four-day sale begins on Saturday


John Rolfe Auctions’ Quite Remarkable sale kicks off tomorrow, Saturday, at 10am and contains more than 2,000 lots.

“We’ve got everything from D-Day weather charts which determined the course of the Second World War, through to a Eurovision Song Contest Winners’ medal,” said Mr Rolfe.

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A medal presented to songwriter Bill Martin for his winning song, Puppet on a String, performed by Sandie Shaw in the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest.

“We were clearing the estate of the famous songwriter, Bill Martin, who did a lot of work with the Bay City Rollers, Cliff Richard and Sandie Shaw and found an original 1967 Eurovision Song Contest winner’s medal – when an act wins four medals are given – one for the artist and three for the production. It was given to Bill for writing Puppet on a String. Believe it or not, one has never come to market before, so it’s going in with no reserve and no estimate.”

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Hundreds of guests visited the saleroom at Babdown near Tetbury on Friday evening to view lots which included a rare collection of 14 walnut-framed NASA photographs which are estimated to sell for £3,000-£5,000 and show astronauts preparing for the 1969 Apollo mission to the moon – one image is of Buzz Aldrin in the craft, wearing his Omega Speedmaster watch whilst another shows the Space Shuttle in space.

BBC Points West even did a live broadcast from the saleroom on Friday evening.

“I’m immensely proud of this sale and my two beautiful boys, James and Alex, who have really grafted for me. Couldn’t ask for better,” added John.

For more details visit John Rolfe Auctions

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