Lakes District Museum and Gallery education officer Amy
Taylor (left) and front desk receptionist Jane Peasey
present a Snow White and the Seven Dwarves book signed by
Walt Disney, a golf club bag that belonged to Tiger Woods
and Queen axeman Brian May's signed guitar, just three of
the items on display in the new summer exhibition ''Sign of
the Times''. Photo by James Beech.
Darth Vader's glove, Muhammad Ali's boxing trunks, Sir
Paul McCartney's violin bass guitar and a check list from
Apollo 17 are among the valuable exhibits on display in the
Lakes District Museum and Gallery, Arrowtown.
''Sign of the Times'' opened at the weekend and is an
Aladdin's cave of unique collectables from some of the giants
of the worlds of entertainment, literature, politics, sport
An anonymous and still active collector in Arrowtown, who
built on the memorabilia saved by his father and grandfather,
had made available a selection from his independently
authenticated collection, museum director David Clarke said.
''He very generously has let us have these items over the
summer period and I think this will be a popular exhibition
because there's something for everybody,'' Mr Clarke said.
''There's some pretty famous people who have touched, held or
signed these things.''
The black right-hand glove worn by Star Wars villain Darth
Vader is signed in silver ink by the English bodybuilder and
actor who played him, David Prowse. He wrote: ''If the glove
fits, choke them!''Titans of sport are well represented, from
football shirts signed by George Best and Pele to the flag
flown by the American basketball ''Dream Team'' at the 1984
Los Angeles Olympic Games.
A self-portrait by Michael Jackson, the glove worn by first
woman in space Valentina Tereshkova, Katharine Hepburn's
international driving licence and a variety of author-signed
first-edition books and signed Hollywood portraits help make
up the extraordinary exhibition.
Baseballs are signed by former United States presidents
Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter as well as James Watson,
co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, complete with his
doodle of a DNA helix.
Each item is displayed with its back story about how it came
to be collected.
''Sign of the Times'' runs in the Lakes District Museum and
Gallery until February 23.