4 Apr 2012
A torn-off slip of telex paper bearing one of the copies of the original surrender telex, announcing the capitulation in June 1982 of the entire Argentine occupying force in the Falklands, sold for £7,250 today (3 April) at Bonhams Marine Sale in London. Having generated considerable interest from around the world, the document eventually sold over the telephone to a private US buyer.
The Chairman of Bonhams, Robert Brooks, said: "I am delighted that this rare historical document has excited such interest from around the world and has sold for a terrific price. Not since the second World War had British territory been invaded by foreign force and then liberated following military action - between April and June 1982 the world was thus mesmerized by the unexpected and extraordinary events unfolding in the South Atlantic. This remarkable document encapsulates perfectly the very moment of total surrender by Argentina's 12,000-strong occupying forces in the Falklands. The demand and eventual selling price for this slip of paper demonstrates well the power and value of provenance."