J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973) handwritten letter to his official photographer Pamela Chandler, double sided, signed and dated 1961: 'Dear Miss Chandler, I received the proofs yesterday. A number of people have already seen them, & they have been (as a whole) generally approved. I do not think that the subject (or object?) himself is capable of capable of a sound opinion, for though the matter may touch him closely, he has less of a true idea what he looks like than what hi voice sounds like. I wouldn't pick 10/15/24 if I was the chooser (especially not 10) but I have no objection to Allen and Unwin's choice for their own purposes! I agree myself with your choice (16). Would you be prepared to do some finished copies of other various (than 10,15,24) for me? And if so, may I retain for present the proofs, to discover the tastes of those who wish for photographs of me? I hope you are really better now, and catching up arrows - if one ever really does. I seem to live in an endless pursuit. My wife and I were delighted to have your letter and good wishes which we return warmly, to you and Mrs Welby-Fisher Yours sincerely J.R.R. Tolkien
Sold for £4,400
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Auction: Specialist Collector's Sale Featuring The Photographer Pamela Chandler's (1928-1993) Collection, Wed, 1st Dec 2021
Presale viewing and attendance on sale day strictly by appointment only, please book your appointment by telephoning the office on 01206 754754. Please note cars are on view off site Saturday 27th November between 10am-12pm and Monday 29th November between 10am-3pm, details will be given on booking an appointment
Three day Collectors' sale to incorporate Coins, Weapons and Militaria.
Day One - Lots 1 - 1099 (Jewellery, Coins & Militaria)
Day Two - Lots 1100 - 1917 (Ceramics & Glass; The Photographer Pamela Chandler's Collection lots 1450-1553 including photographs, negatives, letters including from J R R Tolkein, first edition books & related material; Ephemera & Stamps; Books & Toys)
Day Three - Lots 1979 - 2765 (Cars & Automobilia; Vintage & Designer Clothing; Music, Cameras & Miscellaneous)
Presale viewing strictly by appointment will be:
Friday 26th November 1pm until 5pm
Saturday 27th November 9am until 1pm
Monday 29th November 9am until 5pm
Please note cars are on view off site Saturday 27th November between 10am-12pm and Monday 29th November between 10am-3pm, details will be given on booking an appointment
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