Name Large Autograph Collection Online Auction
Auctioneer Shackleton's Real Estate & Auction Co.
Type Online-Only Auction
Date(s) 3/24/2021 - 3/31/2021
Online Only Auction. The sale begins on Wednesday, March 24th at 6:00pm EDT, and will run for 1 week. The sale will begin to close on Wednesday, March 31st at 6:00pm EDT with a 3 minute soft close in effect.
Preview Date/Time In-Person Preview for this Auction is by APPOINTMENT Only. Please call 519-271-2646 or email to book your appointment.
Checkout Date/Time Contactless Curbside Pick-up for this sale is available: THURSDAY, April 1st and FRIDAY, April 2nd from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Shipping is also available, contact or call 519-271-2646 for more information.
Location 3715 Embro Road
Stratford, ON N5A 6S3
Buyer Premium 15% Buyers Premium
Minister John G. Powers (February 28th, 1950 - November 5th, 2019), also known as "Butterfly Man" or "Bug Man" was a resident of Kitchener, Ontario, and the Founder of the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. Since the age of 9, John studied and collected butterflies and moths from around the world. Over John's life, he had a personal collection of more than 8,000 specimens, of the world's rarest butterflies from over 125 countries. John also held the Guinness World Record for owning the largest moth - an Owlet Moth with a 12.16-inch (308 mm) wingspan found in Brazil in 1934. In 1972, John designed a traveling butterfly exhibit called "Flying Jewels" to depict butterflies and moths as the regal wings complementing nature's precious gems. John created cabinets for his butterfly and moth collection, and each cabinet had a central focus/theme that featured hundreds of artists, cartoonists, singers, actors, scientists, sports celebrities, and government leaders, who are in some way associated with the word, symbol or use of a real butterfly. He personally wrote to each person (featured in this auction) and send along a white card and asked for a personal autograph, dated with a brief comment. Sometimes the celebrity would also include a promotional photograph. This sale features the personal correspondence between John and famous celebrities, and any relative information that John had about each person and items that were given back to John in the process (ex. Stamps, extra signed letters, etc.). Within each lot, we have scanned autographs, photographs, artifacts found in each person's folder that John had organized.
Auction Terms & Conditions ***BEFORE REGISTERING, In the "NOTES TO THE AUCTIONEER" (section above), please indicated PAYMENT METHOF (ex. CREDIT CARD ON FILE or E-TRANSFER) and whether or not you will require SHIPPING**** BY REGISTERING FOR THIS ONLINE AUCTION, YOU ARE AGREEING TO OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS, listed below! Please read in it's entirety The Online Auction Sale will start WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24th at 6:00pm EDT The sale will begin to close on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31st at 6:00pm EDT - with a 3-minute soft close in effect. 15% buyer's premium and 13% HST (if applicable) is in effect. ITEM DESCRIPTIONS 1. All items are sold "AS IS, WHERE IS". NO EXCEPTIONS! 2. THE ITEMS HAVE BEEN DISPLAYED AND EACH BUYER SHALL BE HELD TO HAVE SATISFIED HIMSELF AS TO THE CONDITION, IDENTITY AND AUTHENTICITY. This can be done by email ( or call us at 519-271-2646 to make inquiries about any item(s) and to confirm it's condition. We are happy to send additional photos and information 3. The Successful Bidder SHALL NOT BE PERMITTED TO MAKE ANY OBJECTIONS AFTER THE SALE ON ANY GROUNDS WHATSOEVER. 4. NEITHER THE AUCTIONEER NOR THE OWNER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ERROR ON CONDITIONS OF ITEMS. PAYMENT 5. Settlement for payment for purchases can be made by Visa/Mastercard or E-Transfer. 5A. If you wish to pay by E-Transfer you MUST email BEFORE the CLOSING of the SALE. Otherwise your credit card on file will be automatically charged. 5B. All Credit Cards will be Automatically Charged, Once the Sale has Closed! 6. All sales are subject to a 15% Buyer's Premium and 13% HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) if applicable. 6a. If you are exempt from paying sales tax you must provide the Auctioneer a copy of your license prior to the closing of the sale. 7. Full settlement to be made at the conclusion of the sale. Nothing is removed until paid in full, and invoice received. PICK-UP / SHIPPING 8. Merchandise becomes the full responsibility of the Buyer at time of PAYMENT. Any Buyer having someone, other than himself, pick-up his purchases must notify the Auctioneer. Buyer shall be at his own risk and liability at the Owners' property for pick ups, and shall hold the Owner/Seller and the Auctioneer harmless for the Buyer's negligence. Buyer shall also be held responsible for any damage to the Owner's property, caused by the Buyer. 9. Buyer shall be responsible for making all arrangements for merchandise pick-up and /or removal per specific terms or conditions listed for auction. Please bring your own manpower for loading & moving items, boxes and packaging paper for packaging items. 9a. Contactless Curbside Pickup for this sale is available: Thursday, April 1st, and Friday, April 2nd from 8:00am - 5:00pm (2 Days Only!) 10. Any items purchased and not picked up within the final removal date (Friday, April 2nd at 5:00pm) will be considered deemed and abandoned and will become the property of Shackleton's Real Estate and Auction Co. 11. Auctioneer reserves the right to resell any property not paid for in full with all funds received by Auctioneer within two days on the online auction item/lots closing date. Failure to pay for item/lots won on this online auction may result in legal action against Buyer. BIDDER INFORMATION 12. All registration information the Bidder provides to the Auctioneer must be current, complete, and accurate. Otherwise the Auctioneer has the right to decline your registration for the sale, until information is updated and complete. 13. All bidders must be 18 years of age or older 14. As a Bidder you are responsible for any bids placed under your bidding number and password. The security of your Bidder information is your sole responsibility as you, the Bidder, will be responsible for any and all bids placed under your number. If at any time you feel that your Bidder number and password have been compromised due to lack of security on your part you must notify Auctioneer immediately. FAIR BIDDING 15. The bidder agrees to not use any device, software or routine to interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of any transaction being conducted on and during any auction sale. 16. Buyer acknowledges and agrees not to retract their bids. The Highest Bidder shall be the Buyer, and if any dispute arises during the Sale, then the Auctioneer, may at his discretion, put the Lot up again. The Auctioneer's decision is final. The Auctioneer reserves the right to accept or reject any bid and shall control the bidding at all times. ROLE OF THE AUCTIONEER 17. Shackleton's Real Estate & Auction Co. is acting as Agent for the Seller. 18. Auctioneer cannot, and will not, be held responsible for any interruption in service, errors and/or omissions, caused by any means and does not guarantee continual, uninterrupted or error free service or use of the Site. Bidder acknowledges that this auction is conducted electronically and relies on hardware and software that may malfunction without warning. The Auctioneer, in its sole discretion, may void a sale, temporarily suspend bidding and re-sell any items/lots that were affected by any malfunction. The decision of the Auctioneer is final. 19. Despite efforts to avoid withdrawal of item/lots from the sale after they are listed it may sometimes be necessary. Auctioneer and the Owner/Seller reserve the right to do so at any time before or during the sale. The Owner/Sellers of property sold through this Site reserve the right to reject any and all bids in their sole discretion. If there is a reserve on a lot, the Auctioneer and/or the Seller have the right to bid on behalf of the Seller. 20. Auctioneer gathers information about Bidders and Owners/Sellers for the purposes of conduction online auctions only. Auctioneer does not, and will not, sell this information. 20a. 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Seller User Terms

Bidder User Terms
Your bid must adhere to the bid increment schedule.
Bid Amount Bid Increment
0.00 - 24.00 1.00 CAD
24.01 - 95.00 5.00 CAD
95.01 - 495.00 10.00 CAD
495.01 - 99,999.99 25.00 CAD
Currency CAD
Buyer Premium 15% Buyers Premium
Payment Terms
If you are a successful bidder a PAID invoice will be emailed to you upon the closing of the auction. WE WILL BE PROCESSING ALL CREDIT CARDS OF SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS ON FILE FOLLOWING THE CLOSING OF THE SALE. We cannot accept VisaDebt card, as a credit card. We are no longer accepting cash payments. *NEW* If you wish to pay by E-TRANSFER, you MUST email BEFORE the CLOSING OF THE SALE, otherwise your credit card on file will be automatically charged following the sale. 15% Buyer's Premium and 13% HST is in effect (if applicable) ALL ITEMS MUST BE PAID IN FULL BEFORE YOU CAN PICK-UP OR HAVE YOUR ITEMS SHIPPED TO YOU. We cannot accept any payments at the time of pick-up.
CONTACTLESS CURBSIDE PICK-UP: Pick-up is available at Shackleton's Real Estate and Auction Co. (3715 Embro Road, STRATFORD, Ontario, N5A 6S3) on THURSDAY, April 1st and FRIDAY, April 2nd from 8:00am - 5:00pm. ***Any items purchased and not picked up within the final removal date (Friday, April 2nd at 5:00pm) will be considered deemed and abandoned and will become the property of Shackleton's Real Estate and Auction Co.*** In Order to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, we ask that you reconsider coming to pick-up your items if any of the following reflects how you are feeling at the time of pick-up: 1. If you have one or more of the following symptoms: fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste, sore throat or difficulty swallowing, runny or stuffy/ congested nose, heacahe, vomiting, extreme tiredness 2. If you should be self-isolating as a result of possible exposure to COVID-19 within the last 14 days. 3. If you have travelled outside of Canad ain the last 14 days 4. If your Public Health unit has identified you as a close contact of someone who currently has COVID-19 5. If you have received a COVID Alert exposure notification on your cell phone in the last 14 days 6. If you are located outside of Huron- Perth Municipality/ Region Should any of these apply to you, we are happy to make alternate pick-up arrangements. We are happy to accommodate. If you are unable to come and pick-up your items, we invite you to make arrangements to get your item(s) shipped to you. SHIPPING: If you would like to arrange shipping, please email with the address you would like your items shipped to. There is a $10 packing fee per box/lot + shipping costs determined by the shipping company. Canadian Shipping is provided by various 3rd party shipping companies (ex. Loomis Express, Dicom, etc.), for International Shipping (including shipping to the USA) we use Canada Post. All shipping costs will be charged at the buyer's expense. Please note (effective November 5th, 2020) due to the ongoing COVID -19 pandemic all carriers have suspended any Service Guarantees until further notice, carriers will not be collecting signatures at the time of delivery Won lots, will be shipped out within 7 business days of the auction closing. If you have any questions or would like to arrange one of these options for your items please email