Collection of historic railway signs sells big at auction

Part of the collection of railway signs auctioned
Railway sign collection goes for £93,000 at Chippenham auction
Published Tue, 2017-11-14 14:37

The event, which took place at the Chippenham Auction Rooms in Wiltshire on Friday 10th November, saw a huge collection of signs go under the hammer after the owner passed away, leaving the impressive array of railway signs and memorabilia in his garage. 




Part of the collection of railway signs auctioned © Chippenham Auction Rooms
The auctioneer explained that the late collector's wife had no idea of the number of signs her husband had amassed over the years. The collection, which included signs from 14 forgotten railway stations which were closed as a result of the infamous Beeching cuts, sold for more than £93k. Experts had originally valued the collection at around £60k. 

Friday's auction saw 500 lots go up in just 4 hours, with one sign that inspired a classic poem by Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman selling for £2,700 alone. The auction generated a lot of interest with many bidders travelling up to 4 hours to attend. Phone and online bidders were also present from Scotland and even Australia. 

The fact that many of the signs had close connections with the Beeching cuts of the 1960s made a lot of the memorabilia even more valuable. Also included in the lots were historical items from London Underground and London Transport.

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