Richard III letter auctioned for UK£35,000

A rare document bearing the signature of Richard III before he was king was auctioned recently, bringing nearly UK£35,000. The document signed "R. Gloucestre" was written when the duke was in his twenties and involves a "land dispute between Ralph Neville, 2nd Earl of Westmorland, and some of his tenants."

One of three Richard III documents scheduled to be auctioned in 2013, capitalizing perhaps on the discovery of the remains of the king, the letter brought less at auction than hoped for owner Nate D. Sanders, who expected up to UK£80,000.