Autograph collector Michael Wain bought the letter, written by Princess Diana in 1990 and addressed to James Savile, earlier this year and now hopes to sell it on
An envelope written by Princess Diana to Jimmy Savile is being sold by an autograph collector for £699.
Michael Wain bought the historic letter from an American auction house earlier this year and now hopes to sell it to a British audience. The envelope was penned by Diana 33 years ago – on November 17, 1990.
A postmark reveals it was put in a postbox in Gloucestershire, so most likely written and posted from Highgrove in Tetbury, then the country residence of the Princess of Wales and her husband Charles. The envelope is addressed to Sir James Savile OBE, then living at Flat 84, 22 Park Crescent, London W1. Diana added the word ‘Private’ in the bottom left-hand corner.
The address is known to have belonged to entertainer Savile and one of his companies was listed as based there until 1995. Mr Wain is selling the envelope alone – no letter is included – for just under £700 on eBay.
He said he bought it from Boston-based RR Auctions earlier this year. A listing on the auction house’s website shows it was sold for £357 in September and describes it as “in fine condition.”
The auction house sold another envelope written by Di to Savile at the same address just a few weeks ago for £243. It was penned in April 1991, again from Highgrove. Mr Wain’s description on eBay reads: “Purchased from RR auction and comes with RR document. Sent to Jimmy Savile on 17th November 1990. Sent from Gloucestershire (Highgrove). Date stamped with first 22p stamp. Fine condition.”
And he adds: “Why buy from me? I’ve been collecting and selling autographs for over 35 years and 15 years on eBay. All my autographs come from trusted sources and thoroughly researched; however, I recommend you do your own research before purchasing.”
Asked if he was tempted to keep the piece of historical memorabilia, Mr Wain joked: “I have too many autographs to keep them all, unfortunately.” Jimmy was a friend of Charles and Diana because of his charity work. Diana is known to have written regularly to the Jim’ll Fix It star, who raised an estimated £40m for charities.
He was awarded the OBE in 1971 and was knighted in 1990, and died in October 2011, aged 84. But it was later revealed that he was one of Britain’s worst-ever sexual predators, abusing hundreds of victims, most of whom were underage.