Autograph Auction - Day One630 lots with images
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Description: LIDDELL ERIC: (1902-1945) Scottish Athlete & Missionary. Gold medallist in the men's 400 metres at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris and one of the subjects of the Oscar winning film Chariots of Fire (1981). An excellent, lengthy A.L.S., Eric H. Liddell, three pages, 4to, Tientsin, China, 19th February 1926, to Mr. Chilvers. Liddell states that his correspondent's letter reached him some time ago and hopes that he hasn't left it too long before replying, continuing 'I find it a bit difficult to know what to start with as I do not know what opportunity you get for practising...The simplest way will be by numbering the various points. (1) Remember warmth is one of the things that all sprint athletes need. The muscles should be warmed up before doing a strenuous sprint. This warming can be done partly by a slight massage before running, and partly by doing one or two short runs (40 yds) at about 4/5 speed. This ensures that the muscles are in good condition as to respond when any great strain is put on them....(2) Remember slowness in becoming perfectly fit is always a help. A little each day is better than a lot in one day. When I was training I would perhaps do 3 or 4 fifty yard dashes and then a 220 in which the 1st 100 was not all out, but the last 120 was as fast as I could do it. In between each of these runs I would dance about on my toes....As I found it easily I would increase and perhaps one night I would do the full 220 yds. But I would not do one night after night....Do you find your stamina good enough for the 220 yds? That is what you will have to ask yourself....(3) Look after your body. A rub down before and especially after running is essential, just to take off any perspiration and not to let it sink back into the body. (4) If you can get someone to massage the upper thigh muscles, for these are the muscles the sprinter uses greatly.....(5) Stick more to the shorter races, rather than trying the ¼ mile which I think few should take seriously until they are at least 20 years old. (6) Starting is extremely difficult. Actual position you finally have to judge yourself but I found that a position something as follows suited me best: the front foot was about 4 inches behind the line, the lines (at the command get to your marks) of the back leg came up in line with the instep of the front foot. Thus there would be about 14 or 16 inches between the two holes made for each foot. The fingers of my hands rested exactly on the start line. At the word get set, my ballance (sic) was such that almost all the weight of the body rested on the front led and the hands. i.e. centre of gravity was somewhere in front of the front foot. If the hands were taken away you should immediately fall forwards. The first step taken is a short one, just out a foot or perhaps 18 inches. I do not think it should be over that......Do not rise too quickly, the first 10 yards or so should be spent in gradually rising. (7) Food. Simple diet all through the season is much better than trying to cut out this and that just because a race is coming off. Do not run within two hours of a meal. I think that is one of the most important parts....Be careful the meal before you run. You find out for yourself what suits you there. Personally I always preferred Roast beef.....' In concluding Liddell remarks 'I hope what I have try to say will be of value to you and I wish you all the best of wishes for the coming season.' Written on three separate sheets, each with some light staining to the upper and lower edges and some minor tears at the edges of the folds, the final page with some slight paper loss to the central vertical fold, just affecting one line of text. An extremely rare letter of remarkable content. GView additional info »
Description: ABRAHAMS HAROLD: (1899-1978) British Athlete, Olympic Gold Medallist in the 100 metres sprint at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. Abrahams was immortalised in the film Chariots of Fire (1981). A vintage postcard photograph showing Abrahams crossing the line at the conclusion of the 100 metre sprint final to become the Olympic Champion at the Olympic Games of 1924 in Paris, signed in later years by Abrahams in blue ink to the verso, adding the date of the race and his winning time, 10.6 seconds, in his hand beneath his signature. Scarce. Two very small, light stains to the verso, close to, but not affecting, the signature, otherwise VGView additional info »
Description: OWENS JESSE: (1913-1980) American Athlete, famous for his participation at the Berlin Olympics in 1936 where he became the first American to win four Olympic Gold medals in track and field events. Signed First Day Cover commemorating Dwight D. Eisenhower and featuring a portrait of the American President. Post marked at Washington DC, 10th May 1971, and with eight identical postage stamps featuring Eisenhower's portrait. Signed by Owens in black ink to a clear area, adding "36" Olympia in his hand beneath his signature. VGView additional info »
Description: OLYMPIC GAMES: An autograph album containing 23 signed clipped pieces, most neatly laid down and a few loose, by various Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze medallists from various games including Berlin 1936, Helsinki 1952, Melbourne 1956 etc., including Arthur Wint, Harrison Dillard, Josy Barthel, Yuriy Lituyev, Leslie Laing, Charles Moore, Ernie Shelton, Jesse Mashburn, Herb McKenley, John Savidge, Wes Santee, James Dillion, Len Eyre, Werner Lueg, Naoto Tajima, Erwin Blask, Arne Ahman, Mal Whitfield etc. Many of the signatures are in bold pencil. G to VGView additional info »
Description: OLYMPIC GAMES: An autograph album containing over 70 signatures by various participants at the Olympic Games in London, 1948, mainly from the Republic of China and Egypt including Youssef Mohamed Abbas, Youssef Kamal Mohamed Abou-Ouf, Fouad Abdel Meguid Abu el Kheir, Armand Philippe Catafago, Mahmoud Gamal el Leissy, Albert Fahmy Tadros, Mohamed Habib, Abdelrahman Ismail Hafez, Robert Makzoume, Hassan Moawad, Medhat Youssef Montassir, Ahmed Nessim, Mohamed Soliman, Lee Yun Suk, Woo Zung Whan, Kang In Suk, Kim Won Kwon etc. Each of the pages are multiple signed. VGView additional info »