J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973) a hand signed typed letter to his official photographer Pamela Chandler, dated 6th February 1967: Dear Mrs Chandler, Thank you for your kind and interesting letter, I am afraid that my letter will prove some disappointment to you. This has nothing to do with my opinion of your work which I much admire, but I have come to the conclusion that I cannot spare the time, nor indeed tolerate, any further photography of myself in my own home. In making the preliminary agreement to endure the process for the purpose of illustrating the forthcoming article in Weekend Telegraph I feel I have been misled. Opinions received from Messrs. Allen & Unwin led me to expect a totally different approach and a far more intelligent one. Mr and Mrs Plimmer a few days ago sent me a draft of their article. I think it is ill-written, though more pretentious, in fact actually little better than other recent interviews. Much of it I resent as an impertinent intrusion into my privacy. I have this morning phoned Messrs. Allen & Unwin and told them that I will have nothing more to do with it. For reasons which I do not understand, Miss Hill of Allen & Unwin asserts that they will not be prepared to use any of your admirable photographs not taken specifically for the purpose of this article. I am very sorry. But I have come to the point when I can stand no more of this nonsense. I hope this will not damage our friendship. May I assure you again that I feel no resentment towards yourself. Yours very sincerely J. R. R. Tolkien.
Sold for £2,800
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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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