A unique set of photographs detailing Donald Campbell's attempt on the world water speed record at Windermere in May 1959 when he reached 260.53 miles an hour are to go under the hammer in London on March 12 and are expected to fetch in excess of £3,000.
And a gold cigarette case given by Donald Campbell to the official time keeper Hirst Mitchell and engraved " To Mitch from Donald" it could fetch up to £5,000.
Guy Loveridge, head of the collectors department at COYS Said:"These are unique items that have already seen collectors who specialise in items associated with Speed record attempts and that are interested in Campbell, clamoring for information.
The hall-marked, gold lined silver presentation cigarette case, by Dunhill of London was given by Donald Campbell to Hirst Mitchell to commemorate his part as chief time keeper at the 14th May 1959 water speed record records. In superb condition, and clearly cherished it records the w details of the successful run. "14th May 1959 260.35 mph".
It comes with one of Hirst's wife's business cards, and a cutting concerning a club founded to commemorate Campbell's life and achievements.Estimate:- £3,000 - 4,000.
A red covered presentation photograph album. Records the May 1959 record attempts, and Donald Campbell's subsequent attendance at a Windermere Motor Boat Racing club function, as guest of honour to present the prizes.
There are 37 pictures in total, including Campbell with Hirst Mitchell on the Jetty; Bluebird at Speed; Campbell in the cockpit etc. A superb and unique artifact carefully preserved and presented to Hirst Mitchell during his time as Commadore of the Club. Surely a must have item for any Campbell or Water speed Record fan? Estimate: - £4,000 - 5,000