August 6, 2011 / ANI, London / DC.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Noel Coward’s congratulatory telegram to Agatha Christie discovered!
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A telegram that playwright Noel Coward wrote to Agatha Christie more than fifty years ago, and a bill for ‘ladies’ delicates’ that was sent to the author almost during the same period, have been discovered at the back of an old bureau.
The letter congratulates Christie on the successful run of her play ‘The Mousetrap, which broke all records for the longest running West End show.
The letter sent from Bermuda and dated September 1957 holds the message: “Dear Agatha Christie, much as it pains me I really must congratulate you on The Mousetrap breaking the long run record.
“All my good wishes, Noel Coward.”
The priceless telegram was discovered alongside an old 1952 receipt for Christie’s lingerie that worth 562 pounds in today’s money equation- inside an antique bureau.
Furniture restorer Clive Payne, 46, was left stunned when the two crumpled letters fell out of an 18th century piece that was bought in an auction in 2006.
“I opened the letter and I could not believe it when it was addressed to Agatha Christie,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.
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