News Staff January 21, 2019

A private collection of autographs from some of the world’s greatest legends is expected to sell in excess of GBP 30,000 when they go up for auction at the end of the month.

Autographs from some incredibly talented and inspiring superstars, including Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles and even political spearhead and UK Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill were personally collected by London-based Laurie Butcher over a period of six decades.

It is believed that Churchill’s autograph was collected when his wife gave pity on Laurie after he’d stood outside their residence all day in the pouring rain, waiting for them to return from a day out.

Having started collecting autographs as a teenager back in the 1950s, Laurie sadly passed away in early 2018, requesting that the collection was sold in his honour and all proceeds to be donated to The North London Hospice, a charity close to his and his wife’s hearts.

“Laurie absolutely loved meeting the stars he collected autographs from, that was his true passion. He had a great love for the theatre, football and cricket and his extensive personal collection shows this,” said Carole, Laurie’s step-daughter.

“He knew that the family wouldn’t know what to do with the collection in the event of his death. One of his final requests was for me to sell them at auction and donate the money to The North London Hospice. They were so incredibly supportive of my mother when she was diagnosed with colon cancer, and while she didn’t stay at the hospice we’ll always be eternally grateful to them and all that they do for their patients, families and the local community.”

For further information about the autographs, the auction taking place on the 26th January or any other auction-related information please contact Excalibur Auctions by visiting, calling 020 3633 0912 or emailing