AUCTIONEERS across the country have recently been the recipients of this potentially interesting document, a copy of The Order of Service for the Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill, 30th January 1965.
The number that have appeared, combined with advice from a
specialist dealer, suggest that any of these orders of service
should be inspected very carefully.
More than 20 copies of the 19-page booklet, all in seemingly
good condition, have appeared for sale in October with estimates
varying from £20 to £60.
All auctioneers contacted by ATG say they received the document
in the mail from a Nottingham-based vendor, some with a note to the
effect that he was present at Churchill's funeral and has had the
document in his possession since.
The sheer number of these orders of service on the market in
such a short space of time has aroused suspicion (typically only
two or three would be seen across a year), and a close analysis
suggests they may be electronically scanned or printed items.
While the individual sums of money involved are not great, a
vendor selling in quantity could stand to make a substantial