For many tourists visiting London, the furthest south they get is the Millennium Wheel, also known as the London Eye, which sits on the south side of the Thames by Westminster Bridge.
But those with a sense of adventure, and love of silver screen history, should press on a mile or so to the Elephant and Castle area of town.
It was the boyhood home of Charlie Chaplin around the turn of the last century, and where I spent my formative years as well.
When Charlie revisited the area in the early 1970s, after more than 60 years away, he couldn’t believe the changes that had taken place.
Today, a pub bearing his name is one of the only outward sign that the great man ever lived there.
Times move on but those with a passion for collecting never forget the importance of these film stars.
Which is why I’m so excited to let you know that a Charlie Chaplin autograph has just arrived in our possession.
There is a fascinating history behind the piece, and a wonderfully clear signature.
Chaplin signed the photo in 1973 for his Hollywood office boy from 50 years’ previously, Frank Traughber. A letter from Traughber to Chaplin accompanies the photo.
And with Charlie’s autograph having enjoyed a 5.33% rise in value over the past year, it won’t be long before a savvy collector snaps it up…