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Despite the noticeable absence of some regular American buyers and a certain selectivity among buyers generally, all the best pieces in the sale got away either within or above estimate.

A single-owner private collection of 20 Guinness posters brought a total of £5000. Guinness ephemera is a strong collecting area as are Second World War posters and the best seller of this collection combined both fields – a wartime poster showing RAF officers watching the trademark Guinness toucans modelled as bombers. The poster sold at £700.

Railway posters were also popular and a 1927 example designed by A.M. Cassandre advertising the Nord Express was a particular favourite. Mr Bogue believed the privately sourced poster could have made up to £10,000 if it had been in perfect condition, but it was slightly faded and this put the trade off. Nevertheless, it sold to a private buyer who was thrilled with his purchase at £4000.

The late husband of the vendor of a 1946 poster designed by Helen McKie for Southern Railway Waterloo Station had worked for the railways and looked after the poster well over the years, and condition was a factor in it selling here towards the higher estimate when a private UK collector bid £2000.

Among the printed ephemera in the sale, an archive relating to the Cornish engineer Richard Trevithick (1771-1833) sold at a mid-estimate £1600 to the National Railway Museum in York.

Onslows, Carisbrooke Hall, London
November 1
Buyer’s premium: 15 per cent
up to £1500/10 per cent thereafter