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The historic blotted signatures of Marshall Foch and Admiral Wemyss.<br />
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The sheet of blotting paper used on the armistice document that brought about the end of the First World War has emerged for sale for 30,000 pounds.<br />
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The sheet carries the inky signatures of military leaders Admiral Sir Rosslyn Wemyss and Marshal Ferdinand Foch who had been sent to France in November 1918 to thrash out a peace deal with the Germans.<br />
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Captain John Marriott, Admiral Wemyss' naval assistant during the negotiations, was acutely aware of the significance of the peace deal - and after the document had been signed the quick-thinking captain pocketed the scrap of paper used to blot the signatures.<br />
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Capt Marriott's family is selling the paper, along with a letter written to his wife and a blow-by-blow account of the talks, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of fighting.<br />
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Experts say they could fetch 30,000 pounds when they go under the hammer in a Bonhams auction on October 1.