The weekend has begun, the last three days to “The Big 45” have started. If you have been following me through my own private Armitage Week celebrations, you may remember that I hinted at a charity auction to celebrate Richard’s birthday. Well, now we are off! Here comes the official announcement with all the necessary details:
After the success of the earlier auctions, I have decided to try and raise some funds for Save the Children again – and spread some fun and love in the fandom. I have been aided and motivated in my attempts by an unnamed, generous supporter who sent me a number of fan items earlier this year, suggesting I put them up for auction and donate the proceeds. I had also gathered a number of items on my own impetus, which I wanted to auction for charity, and I am now combining the two for a fundraiser.
This time ’round I have decided to auction off the items on eBay rather than organise the auction on my own blog and by myself. Even though it has been fun before, it is a time-consuming and somewhat sensitive task. Moreover, I am hoping to reach more fans on eBay – who may so far have been put off by having to deal with me personally. The eBay auction is a first for me, too. Keep your fingers crossed that it will all work out.
For those who cannot wait, the first item is already up for bidding, and you can take a look at my listing via this link HERE and bid.
Forgive me that I chose an item of my own for the inaugural auction. This is the first one up – I am going to upload eight further items over the next few hours (I hope). Descriptions of the items will be on the eBay listings. Since I am doing this as a fundraiser, I have decided to pay all postage fees myself – the items are available for dispatch world-wide. They will be carefully wrapped and sent by registered post as soon as I receive payment. The auction winner will be provided with a tracking number to track its progress.
Among the items on auction are 4 autographs by Richard which I obtained last year. And this is how it all happened: After the success of the last auction, it suddenly occurred to me in early October 2015 that an autograph by our favourite actor may be an item that fans might be interested in. In order to get an autograph from Richard I had to overcome my resistance to writing to him – it feels very awkward to me to disclose myself, my name, to him, but I thought that the good cause was worth ignoring my own reservations. Unfortunately I hand-wrote the letter and never kept a copy of it, so I have difficulties remembering what I wrote. In any case, I congratulated him on his (then) recent success as Francis Dolarhyde and mentioned our auction success to him. I enclosed four (different) prints of photographs I had taken of him at the Berlin premiere of the Hobbit and asked him to sign each. In the interest of fairness, I disclosed the auction plans to him, so he knew that I was going to sell off his autographs, and then I sent off the letter to Richard’s agent’s address London, in the hope that he would not mind but sign.
The months passed. No return letter with precious contents came back. I forgot about the whole thing, then briefly thought about my little scheme again in January, but assumed that Richard didn’t like the idea. Too bad – but well, fair enough. And when I had all but forgotten about my plans, the bomb dropped: I didn’t even recognise the neutral white envelope with my printed address on it, even though I had enclosed and stamped it myself *duh*. Imagine my surprise when my 4 signed photographs fell out of the envelope. And yes, they fell, because somehow the envelope had (been) opened and was openly accessible to anyone *eeek*. I was so pleased when I realised that nothing had fallen out en route and that Richard had signed each photo – not just with a quick “RA” but with “R Armitage”. Hooray!
So, that is the story of the autographs, people. I am happy to pass all of them on (I happen to already have an autograph) and even though he won’t know, I say thank you to Richard for granting the request. Hopefully the autographs will fetch a nice price! More details about the other items – autographs, printed fan items related to The Hobbit and The Crucible, as well as two RA pocket shrines – and the links to corresponding eBay listings coming soon.
In the meantime you could help me out. First of all, it would be great if you passed on the message about the charity auction to your networks. Blog, tweet, post – whichever way you can reach other fans who might be interested. As previously, I will raffle off a RAPS as a thank you to all who help spread the word. Just make sure you link/tag me into your posts on WP, Twitter and Instagram or send me a link to your posts on other networks (such as FB and Pinterest, for instance, where I am not active myself), so I know all the names that have to go into the hat. I’ll count every post that has been published before the last auction ends.
Secondly, please help me make a decision: Apart from two ready-made RAPS, should I auction off a “Blank RAPS”, i.e. a RAPS of the bidder’s own choice? They ran quite well in previous auctions, but I am not sure if the demand is there. Click below:
Thanks – and please keep an eye out for updates on further listings.