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Liner captain's Hollywood autograph book fetches £1,100

Autographs on OV Lucas' book Image copyright Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers
Image caption The liner captain collected autographs from stars he met on his many voyages

A book of Hollywood autographs gathered by a ship's captain for his daughter has been sold for £1,100.

OV Lucas, former captain of the RMS Aquitania and RMS Queen Elizabeth, collected the signatures for his daughter Margaret from each voyage.

Elizabeth Taylor and Gregory Peck are among the screen greats who signed the captain's labour of love.

Burt Lancaster and Bette Davis also feature, alongside Field Marshall Montgomery and designer Christian Dior.

Many are penned "to Margaret", Captain Lucas's daughter, who lives in Merseyside.

Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers said Lucas was captain of the ships in in the 50s and early 60s.

"Every time he returned from a trip, he had more autographs for his daughter," said the auctioneers who have rooms in Liverpool and Macclesfield.

Image copyright Getty/Adam Partridge Auctioneers
Image caption Elizabeth Taylor was one of the Hollywood greats who signed the book
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Image caption Stars including Gregory Peck signed the autograph book, with many writing 'To Margaret'

Other autographs include Edward, Duke of Windsor and his wife Wallis, former US President Dwight Eisenhower, actors Danny Kaye, Alec Guinness, and David Niven, songwriter Irving Berlin and the writer Somerset Maugham.

Image copyright Adam Partridge Auctioneers
Image caption OV Lucas got autographs for his daughter from every trip

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