Castle Acre railway poster goes under hammer for more than £1,300

The poster that was auctioned Courtesy of Swann Auction Gallery

The poster that was auctioned Courtesy of Swann Auction Gallery - Credit: Archant

A 90-year-old railway poster advertising Norfolk has sold for £1,388 at an auction in America.

The rare 40x50in poster features an image of the Castle Acre Priory ruins, near Swaffham, by Dutch-born artist, Anton van Anrooy and was produced by him for the London and North Eastern Railway in 1926.

It was auctioned by Swann Auction Galleries in New York and had been expected to go under the hammer for between $700 and $1,000.

The poster was sold to what was described as a mystery bidder for $1,697, or £1,388.

The last time the same type of poster came up for sale at an auction was in August 2004, also at Swann in New York.

The Castle Acre Priory poster is so rare that not even the National Railway Museum in York – which has one of the finest collections of railway posters – owns a copy.

The 1926 Castle Acre Priory poster was one of nine railway posters designed by van Anrooy and his first for the LNER.

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His 1931 GWR poster of the Royal Albert Bridge at Saltash, Cornwall, is now regarded as a railway collectors' classic.

He moved from Holland in 1896 and settled in London and he died, aged 79, in 1949.

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