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This profile was last updated on 7/22/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Mr. Richard Westwood-Brookes

Wrong Richard Westwood-Brookes?

Historical Documents Specialist

Local Address: Shropshire, United Kingdom

Employment History

  • Historical Documents Expert
  • Auctioneer

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Representative
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For those looking for money-makers, ..., 22 July 2013 [cached]
For those looking for money-makers, Richard Westwood-Brookes, a historical documents specialist at Mullock's Auctioneers, told the Telegraph he recommends purchasing items such as cheap tea-towels and trays, or even paper napkins that most people will throw away, which might increase their scarcity in the market.
This was revealed by Richard ..., 17 Feb 2013 [cached]
This was revealed by Richard Westwood-Brookes, a historical documents expert at Mullock's, a specialist auction house in Church Stretton, Shropshire.
"This was quite an astounding result," commented Westwood-Brookes. "The key to our success is that we are specialists in what we do - be it historical documents, sporting memorabilia, fishing tackle, toys or militaria. Our experts know their subjects and can deal professionally with material which is consigned."
Auctions are remarkably cagey about revealing the identities of buyers but Westwood-Brookes told The Telegraph the buyer came from overseas and was of "Indian origin" - so there is an outside chance the letter may be gifted for public display in India.
There is also the possibility that the high price will encourage other "freedom fighters" or their families to rummage through rusty old trunks or almirahs to check if there is anything that can be salvaged and sold in the West.
"I have already had two or three people ringing me up from India," he said.
Westwood-Brookes made an offer which prospective sellers in India and elsewhere may find hard to resist: "Vendors can come to Mullock's for all of our sales and be confident that in our highly motivated team we can achieve prices which are often much higher than the London rooms."
Last year Mullock's sold a collection of Gandhi material, including his glasses and prayer book. The collection went for a total £138,000, with letters fetching £4,000-£6,000 each.
As to why the latest letter went for £134,000, the explanation from Westwood-Brookes was: "There is a golden rule in auctions - if two people are prepared to buy something they outbid each other."
Adding his personal comments with extracts from the letter, Westwood-Brookes says that "Gandhi makes a typically reasoned plea for his own and his followers' release from house arrest".
There is further interpretation from Westwood-Brookes: "Gandhi knew that there were two clear cut factions in the Congress - the first believed in non-violence as was Gandhi's philosophy while the second believed in armed struggle.
Mullock's representative ..., 2 April 2012 [cached]
Mullock's representative Richard Westwood-Brookes said: "This is a wonderful archive of material with excellent provenance. It comes from the close friend of one of Gandhi's disciples and is of great importance to the Indian nation".
He said: "The soil upon which Gandhi fell is of particular significance to the Indian nation and is like a holy relic.
He was clearly an obstacle to ..., 7 Dec 2013 [cached]
He was clearly an obstacle to the British expanding their territory in India," said historical documents specialist Richard Westwood-Brookes.
"This sale is very unique as it sheds light on the Sikh empire and religion from the eyes of the British and European explorers of the 19th century," Westwood-Brookes explained.
"This is a unique document that ..., 3 Oct 2013 [cached]
"This is a unique document that was owned by Hitler when he lived in Munich in 1931," said auctioneer Richard Westwood-Brookes.
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