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Mark Hambourg - 1879-1960, Russian/British pianist, amongst the most famous of his age, whom the composer Busoni considered the finest pianist in the world. His family came to Britain as refugees from Imperial Russia when he was aged ten, and he started a world tour in 1895 aged 16. He was particularly famed for his playing of Chopin and Listz - autograph on 5 x 4 inches (12.5 x 10 cm) white paper page from autograph book, signed by him in thin black ink: "Yours truly Mark Hambourg, april 23 1919" with musical sketch. Condition: faint vertical crease where item was once folded in half. £35 

      

  

  

 

 

 

  
Tommy Handley - 1894-1949, British comedian, star of BBC radio show ITMA - 3.25 x 5.25 inches (8.5 x 13.5 cm) autographed photo. £25   [ref: TH1] 

  

 

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Tommy Handley - 1894-1949, British comedian, star of BBC radio show ITMA - 2.75 x 3.5 inches (6.5 x 8.5 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Cheerio, Tommy Handley". £20   [ref: TH2]  

   

 

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above: detail of Tommy Handley autograph

Tommy Handley - 1894-1949, British comedian, star of BBC radio show ITMA - 1.75 x 2.75 inches ( 4.5 x 7 cm) small autographed photo, signed: "Tommy Handley" . Condition: paper stuck to reverse where item was once glued into an album. £15  [ref: TH3]

 

 

 

 

 

Tommy Handley - 1894-1949, British comedian, star of BBC radio comedy show ITMA - 3 x 5 inches (8 x 13 cm) autographed photo, signed in blue ink: "Best wishes, yours sincerely, Tommy Handley". Nice early image and autograph. £25   [ref: TH4]      

  

   

  

  

  

 

Tony Hancock - 1924-1968, British comedian and comic actor: from 1954 he starred in the vastly successful comedy radio show Hancock's Half Hour, written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, and initially co-starring Sid James and Kenneth Williams. The final series in 1961 included two of the most famous shows: The Radio Ham and The Blood Donor. He appeared in four films, most memorably The Rebel and Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines. He struggled with alcoholism and depression for many years, eventually taking his own life whilst in Australia - autographed BOAC Monarch menu, with dedication, signed: "To Perle [?] with best wishes, Tony Hancock". £200  

 

 

 

 

 

"Monarch" was BOAC's famous luxury transatlantic service from 1951 until the early 1960s. It was used only by the most wealthy; the in-flight menu makes wonderful reading, and includes such dishes as "Cayman Island Turtle Soup with Amontillado" and "Avacado with Lobster Mousseline - Remoulade". The menu is printed on card, gatefold, and measures 6.5 x 9.5 inches (16 x 24 cm) when closed.

    

 

above: front cover of menu

   

   

   

 

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above: Monarch menu, showing Tony Hancock's autograph 

 

  

  

 

   

   

       

                   

Richie Havens - 1941-2013. American folk-singer and guitarist: he featured in the film Woodstock and performed at President Clinton's inauguration in 1993 - 10 x 8 inches (25 x 20.5 cm) large autographed photo with dedication, signed: "To Terry, a friend forever, Richie Havens". £30

  

   

 

   

  

  

      

Joe "Piano" Henderson - British jazz pianist - 5.5 x 3.5 inches (14 x 9 cm) autographed photo, signed: "To Mrs Spivey, sincerely, Joe Henderson". £10    

   

  

  

 

  

         

Leonard Henry - 1890-1973, British comedian; star of variety and radio - 5.5 x 3.5 inches (14 x 9 cm) autographed postcard, signed: "Sincerely yours, Leonard Henry, 5/7/54", with 60-word message from him on reverse. Condition: paper fragments stuck to reverse. £15 

 

 

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Myra Hess - 1890-1965, British pianist who made her professional debut with Sir Thomas Beecham, and became a particular favourite in the USA when she toured in the 1920s. She organised, and often performed in, lunchtime concerts at the National Gallery during WW2 - autograph on 7.25 x 4.5 inches (18.5 x 12 cm) pink page from autograph book. £20     

   

  

 

  

  

 

           

 

above: detail of Benny Hill autograph

Benny Hill - 1924-1992, British comic actor and comedian. He made his name on the radio, starring in Hi There and Benny Hill Time, then on TV in The Benny Hill Show which made him the biggest comedy star of his time. He played comic cameo roles in numerous films, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines and The Italian Job - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Cheers! Benny Hill". Really excellent scarcer young signed photo - you won't find a nicer Benny Hill signed photo anywhere! £120

 

 

 

 

   

Joan Hinde - born 1933, British trumpeter and entertainer; in the 1940s and 50s she performed regularly on the radio on Children's Hour and Variety Bandbox, followed by a long career in variety and light music - 2.75 x 3.5 inches (7 x 8.5 cm) small autographed photo, signed: "To Susan, best wishes, Joan Hinde". Condition: fragments of paper stuck to reverse where item has been stuck into album. £10    

   

  

   

  

      

       

Edmund Hockridge - 1919-2009, Canadian baritone, initially an opera singer then leading man in musicals (Carousel); also star of 1950s and 60s radio, singing light music and show songs - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo. £10 

   

 

above: detail of Edmund Hockridge autograph

   

   

 

  

    

  

     

 

above: detail of Lena Horne autograph

Lena Horne - 1917-2010, legendary American jazz singer and actress. She made around 50 albums, and appeared in 22 films including Swing Fever, Ziegfeld Follies, Meet Me in Las Vegas and Stormy Weather. In the 1950s and 60s she regularly appeared on American TV variety shows including The Andy Williams Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Hollywood Palace, The Judy Garland Show, The Dean Martin Show and The Bell Telephone Hour - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Most sincerely, Lena Horne". Scarcer early autograph. £35

 

 

 

 

   

Sean Hughes - 1965-2017, Anglo-Irish stand-up comedian, actor and writer; on TV he starred in his own comedy series Sean's Show, and was a team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks for six years. In films he was Brendan in Round Ireland with a Fridge, and played the leading character in Puckoon - 6 x 4 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed BBC radio publicity card. £15   

  

 

above: detail of Sean Hughes autograph

 

 

 

 

    

        

 

 

above: detail of Engelbert Humperdinck autograph

Engelbert Humperdinck - born 1936, Anglo-Indian popular singer whose hits included Please Release Me. due to represent the UK in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest -  8 x 10 inches (20 x 25.5 cm) large autographed photo with dedication, signed: "To Eve, Engelbert Humperdinck". £20   

   

  

 

   

  

  

      

 

above: detail of Griff Rhys Jones autograph

Griff Rhys Jones - born 1953; British (Welsh) comedian, actor, writer and TV presenter. He starred in TV comedy shows Not the Nine O'Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones, and founded Talkback Productions with Mel Smith. He has more recently played the role of Fagin in the West End musical Oliver! - 5 x 7 inches (13 x 18 cm) autographed photo. £20   

   

  

  

  

  

        

John Junkin - 1930-2006, British actor, radio and TV personality and scriptwriter (Hello Cheeky) - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo with dedication, signed: "To Andrew, best wishes, John Junkin". £10
 

   

 

above: detail of John Junkin autograph

   

   

 

  

    

     

Harry Kaye - British dance band vocalist with Joe Loss, Lew Stone and Billy Thornton [several articles on the internet state that he was married to Dorothy Lamour: this is incorrect - she was married to band-leader Herbie Kay] - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Best wishes, Harry Kaye". £15    

              

 

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Louis Kentner - 1905=1987, Austrian classical pianist - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo. Scarce autograph. £25  

     

 

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The King Brothers - British vocal trio, huge in the 1950s and 60s - 5.5 x 3.5 inches (14 x 9 cm) autographed photo, signed by all three: Tony, Michael and Dennis, with dedication, signed: "To Albert, best wishes", and dated 12 Oct '63 on reverse. £15   

   

 

   

 

  

       

Jack and Mary Kinson - famous 1940s conjuring act, topping the bill in variety at the Glasgow Empire - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, with dedication: "To John". £8         

   

  

 

  

  

       

Gladys Knight - born 1944; American R&B/soul singer and actress - 8 x 10 inches (20 x 25 cm) autographed photo with dedication, signed: "To Jaclyn - musically yours, Gladys Knught 1989". £20         

   

 

 

  

  

 

Harry Korris - 1891-1971, (sometimes spelt Korriss) British comedian and actor, he starred in the BBC radio show Happidrome, and also in the 1943 film of the same name. He also appeared in three Frank Randle films: Somewhere in England, Somewhere in Camp and Somewhere on Leave - 2.5 x 3.5 (6.5 x 8.5 cm) small autographed photo. Condition: paper on reverse where item has been glued into album. £10    

   

 

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Jacques Labrecque - 1917-1995, French singer - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed Decca publicity card with dedication, signed: "To Mary, best wishes, Jacques Labrecque". £8     

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Cleo Laine - born 1927, legendary British jazz singer and actress, who frequently performed with her husband John Dankworth - 5.5 x 7.25 inches (14 x 18.5 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Love, Cleo Laine". £20   [ref: CL1]   

  

  

  

 

  

        

Cleo Laine and John Dankworth - legendary husband and wife jazz couple - 10 x 8 inches (25.5 x 20.5 cm) large autographed photo, signed by both: "To Joyce, best wishes from us both, John Dankworth, Cleo Laine". Condition: minor surface-creasing on front, and slight damage and thinning on reverse where item has been in album, . £20   [ref: CL2]    

   

  

  

 

  

 

Harry Lauder - 1870-1950, Scottish entertainer; initially a coal-miner, he eventually became a huge star - Britain's best-paid performer, famous for his songs I Love a Lassie, and Roaminj in the Gloamin. He was the first British singer to sell a million records  - 3 x 2 inches (8 x 4.75 cm) autograph on paper, snipped from a letter, signed: "Yours as ever". Condition: fragmants of paper on reverse where item has been glued into autograph book. £30

     

 

 

 

 

  

        

Lee Lawrence - British popular singer, radio and early TV star - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed record-company card with dedication, signed: "To Carol, sincerely, Lee Lawrence". Condition: marks on reverse where item has been in album. £8      

       

 

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Frank Lawton - died 1914, American Entertainer, star of Vaudeville as a singer and comedy-dancer, but most famous for his whistling act which was recorded in 1898. From 1899 he lived in London where he died in poverty after losing all his money backing an unsuccessful show - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed postcard, signed by him: "Yours truly, Frank Lawton".   SOLD

 

 

[N.B. Not to be confused with his British actor son, also Frank Lawton.]

     
  

 

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Pinkie Lee - 1907-1993, American vaudeville and early TV comedian, star of children's TV programme The Pinkie Lee Show - 5 x 7 inches (13 x 18 cm) autographed photo with dedication, signed: "To Stella - wishing you the best, Pinky Lee" [he spelt his name both Pinkie and Pinky]. £15  

   

  

   

 

  

  

Ute Lemper - born 1963: versatile German chanteuse and actress, renowned for her performances of post-war music-theatre, particularly the works of Kurt Weill; she has made many notable recordings - 4.5 x 7 inches (12 x 17.5 cm) autographed publicity card. £20     

   

 

  

 

  

          

Carroll Levis - 1920-1968, Canadian-born BBC radio presenter, impresario and personality - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo. £10          

   

  

 

  

  

  

 

 

above: detail of Liberace "piano" autograph

Liberace - 1919-1987, American pianist and entertainer; initially he was a classical pianist, but by the late 1940s he had become an extrovert showman, and by mid-1950s he was world-famous and the highest-paid entertainer in the world - 6.5 x 4.5 inches (16 x 11.5 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Love, Liberace". Condition: slight silvering in darker parts of photo. N.B. A really excellent example of the most desirable form of his autograph with a little sketch of a grand piano. £80   

   

  

  

 

  

  

Julian Lloyd Webber - born 1951, British classical cellist, the younger brother of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. His repertoire includes cello concertos by Dvorak, Walton, Elgar, Bliss and Philip Glass, and he has made dozens of recordings - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo: a nice signature in firm blue biro. £12     

   

  

  

 

  

         

Norman Long - 1893-1951, British radio and variety entertainer, billed as "A Song, a Smile and a Piano" - 3 x 3.5 inches (7.25 x 9 cm) small autographed photo, signed: "All good wishes, Norman Long". £12   [ref: NL1]
      

                       

   

  

 

 

   

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Norman Long - 1893-1951, British radio and variety entertainer, billed as "A Song, a Smile and a Piano" - 3.5 x 5.5 inches (9 x 14 cm) autographed photo, signed in green ink: "Keep smiling, Norman Long". £14   [ref: NL2]       

    

 

 

 

  

        

 

Vera Lynn - born 1917, British singer known as "The Forces' Sweetheart", famous for her enormously popular songs in WW2 such as We'll Meet Again, The White Cliffs of Dover and There'll always be an England - 4 x 6 inches (10 x 15 cm) autographed photo, signed: "Yours, Vera Lynn". £20 

  

 

above: detail of Vera Lynn autograph

   

 

    

             

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