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A Downing Street guests’ e-book filled with signatures from world leaders welcomed by Margaret Thatcher has sparked fury from Number 10 after it was put up for public sale by a former civil servant who ‘rescued it from being destroyed’.

The ornate gold-lettered pink e-book incorporates a dizzying array of signings courting from 1980 to 1995, that includes royalty, world leaders, and the good and the great from the Iron Lady’s time as Prime Minster, and that of her successor John Major.

During her time in workplace, Mrs Thatcher famously struck up heat friendships with US President Ronald Reagan and the previous President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, with each leaders visiting Number 10 on a number of events.

According to the Daily Mail, it was positioned for public sale with Chiswicks with a reserve value of £9,000, nevertheless Express.co.uk has seen the web page that includes the historic merchandise seems now to have been taken down.

The ‘proprietor’ of the piece of nationwide historical past is a former civil servant who had a 24-year-long profession. The paper says he claims he rescued the tome after the e-book was “almost destroyed” in a pile of packing containers “marked for incineration”.

According to The Times, Chiswick Auctions nonetheless plans to promote the e-book and a spokeswoman stated the vendor had contacted Downing Street in 2017 and 2020 providing to return it however that they’d no reply.

Valentina Borghi from the public sale home instructed the paper: “Having twice had no response from No 10, due to ill health and the cost of living crisis, my client has taken the very difficult decision to put the book up for auction in the hope of being able to meet some of those unaffordable expenses.”

However it is reported Government attorneys have requested for a halt to be known as to the public sale as a “goodwill gesture”.

With such a span of historical past lined by the e-book, the variety of well-known names inside is staggering. King Charles, then a Prince was a signatory, and so too have been his late mom and father Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

Political giants on the centre of world-changing occasions are additionally recorded inside, with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and Soviet chief Mikhail Gorbachev signing throughout a time when the Berlin Wall got here down and Communism resulted in Russia.

The Times studies in an electronic mail despatched to the civil servant desirous to promote the e-book says there are not any “Government Visitors Books in the National Archive collection”.