a WAR hero’s autograph was the star item at a Sheffield auction – selling for £2,420.
The letter signed by Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC, who received his honour for attacking German Dams, went under the hammer at Sheffield Auction Galleries spring medals and militaria sale – and its price surpassed expectations of between £800 and £1,200.
John Morgan, a specialist valuer, said: “A combination of the wonderful signature, the story behind the man and the social insight of the letters made this a wonderful lot the market appreciated.”
Mr Gibson was Wing Commander of 617 Squadron and died in service the year after leading the Operation Chastise mission.
The autograph was an ink signature on the bottom of a typed letter to a Mr Greene of Charfield, dated June 22, 1944, declining the offer to open a fete.
It was a rare example of Mr Gibson’s signature.