Great Train Robbery

Great Train Robbery

Reference number:

12911A
£395.00

Description:

A collectable original 1978 "The Train Robbers" paperback book, clearly signed in ink over various inside pages by seven gang members ; Bruce Reynolds d2013 / Jimmy White d unknown / Buster Edwards d1994 / Charles Wilson d1990 / Roger Cordrey d2011 / Jim Hussey d2012 and Tommy Wisbey d2016

Certification:

From a small collection obtained by Anne who worked in a central London bookshop during the 1970-80s. Some autographs are dedicated to her. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA

Size:

18x11cm Paperback Book (331 Pages)

Condition:

Average-Good. Overall condition 8/10

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Great Train Robbery

GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY. Often referred to as "The Crime Of The Century". The £2.6 million pound Great Train Robbery took place on 8th August 1963 at Bridego Railway Bridge at Ledburn Buckinghamshire.Thought to be one of the largest value robberys in history worth around £40 million pounds (in todays money) ; all in used £1 / £5 and £10 notes, most of which was never recovered. The majority of the gang were caught and jailed in April 1964. Due to the notoriety of the crime, the UK government chose to make examples of the gang and they all received long custodial sentences. However, three of the gangs members stories did not end there ; Famously Ronnie Biggs escaped from jail after 15 months and spent most of his life in Australia and Brazil, untouchable for the British authorities. He voluntarily returned to Britain in May 2001 due to poor health. He was returned to prison, but in 2007 it was announced he would be released on compassionate, incurable health grounds. He died in a nursing home aged 84 in 2013. Buster Edwards had a film "Buster" starring Phil Collins made of his life. After the robbery he went to Mexico, but later surrendered to the police in 1966. He was released from prison in 1980 and then ran a flower stall outside London Waterloo Station ; he commited suicide in 1994. Bruce Reynolds was widely regarded to be the brains behind the robbery ; a career criminal who enjoyed the high life. After the robbery, he spent years in South America before returning to Britain and being jailed for 10 years. He was released in 1979 and carved out a career within the media and as an author. He died aged 81 in 2013. Charlie Wilson was the GTR treasurer and an organiser. He was shot & killed by a hitman in Spain in 1990. Detective Chief Superintendent Jack Slipper nicknamed "Slipper of The Yard" became famous for his role investigating the Great Train Robbery and subsequently trying (but failing) to extradite Ronnie Biggs from Brazil. Despite rumours, Biggs had remained untraced until 1974, when he gave an interview to the Daily Express. The newspaper passed his location onto the police and he was captured on 1st February. DCI Jack Slipper travelled to Brazil, where he attempted to arrest Biggs in a hotel in Rio De Janeiro with the words "Long time no see, Ronnie." But the Brazilian government turned down the request for extradition on the grounds that Biggs was to become the father of his pregnant Brazilian girlfriend's child. Slipper was forced to return home empty-handed. Famously, he was then photographed on the plane home (sleeping next to an empty seat) and was christened "Slip-up of the Yard" by the press. Jack Slipper died of cancer aged 81 in 2005.

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Great Train Robbery

Reference number:

8113
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Description:

A wonderful original Police Post Office First Day Cover issue stamped 26th September 1979 in the name of Miss S Andrews of Hove Brighton, clearly signed in ink & ballpoints by all four of the most notorious of the Great Train Robbers ; Bruce Reynolds d2013 (Train Spotting) / Charlie Wilson d1990 / Ronnie Biggs d2013 (adding a doodle of a train and Great Train Robber !) and Buster Edwards d1994 (best wishes) PLUS ; DCI Jack Slipper d2005 (adding Ex Det Ch Supt Scotland Yard).

Double mounted for fine display with photographs.

Certification:

AFTAL & UACC RDs Autografica & Chaucer Covers. AFTAL Dealer No13 and UACC RD Memorabilia UK COA.

Size:

19x11cm Sized FDC

24x16in >> Acid Free Mount >> Unframed

Condition:

Good. View all images. Please note the image of the large mount was taken by an Iphone, so it is not the best quality.

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