The group of more than 25 large format ‘tube’ posters and drawings offered for £250-300 at Loddon Auctions (15% buyer’s premium) on June 24 offered something different. Dating from the 1940s onwards, they were catalogued as “an invaluable archive for anyone wishing to chart the various changes to the Underground system over the years”.
Gary Arkell from the Berkshire auction house said: “These were part of a larger collection of railway related items which came with good provenance from a railway enthusiast. This lot included some annotated proof examples which, we believe, originated from the London Transport Publicity Office. There was a lot of interest and we ended up listing 60-plus pictures showing the backs and fronts of all items in the lot.”
The extensive photography, showing errors and proofing marks, such as the misspelling of Pimlico station (pictured above), paid off.
A UK phone bidder was tempted enough to pay £5100 for the archive.