A private collection of autographs is expected to sell in excess of £30,000 when they go up for auction at the end of the month.

Autographs including Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, The Rolling Stones and Beatles and UK Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill were personally collected by London-based Laurie Butcher over a period o f60 years.

Churchill’s autograph was collected when his wife gave pity on Laurie after he had stood outside their home all day in the pouring rain, waiting for them.

He collected autographs as a teenager in the 1950s, Laurie died in early 2018, requesting that the collection was sold and proceeds to be donated to The North London Hospice.

He knew that the family would not know what to do with the collection in the event of his death.

Jonathan Torode, Auctioneer and Principal Valuer at Excalibur Auctions Ltd said: “It’s a phenomenal collection of autographs and an incredible look at the social history of a man dedicated to collecting autographs of some of the biggest names from stage, screen and the sporting world.

An autograph from Walt Disney and the signatures of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin from Apollo 11 are estimated to achieve between £300-500 each. Marlon Brando, Alfred Hitchcock and the stars of Monty Python are all estimated to achieve £200-300 each, while four lots of James Bond superstars are expected to sell between £80-250.

The 300 autograph lots will be sold by Excalibur Auctions Ltd on 26th January, together with other entertainment memorabilia and posters.