A chair in which Britain's only assassinated Prime Minister lay dying is to be sold at a London antiques fair next month. Spenser Perceval collapsed into the carved mahogany Winsor armchair situated in the House of Commons after being shot on 11 May 1812 by John Bellingham, a failed merchant. It followed a dreadful 221 days in power amidst severe economic depression.
The George II chair, made in the 1740s, is being sold for £95,000 by 18th century English furniture specialists Apter-Fredericks. It will be shown at the Masterpiece Fair at the former Chelsea Barracks site in London from 24 to 29 June.