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Rare Norfolk railway poster up for auction in America

PUBLISHED: 16:14 21 October 2016

A rare 90-year-old railway poster advertising Norfolk is set to fetch between £570 and £820 at an auction in America next week. The poster is emblazoned with the word ‘Norfolk’ and features an image of the Castle Acre Priory ruins by Dutch-born artist, Anton van Anrooy. Photo: Swann Auction Gallery

A rare 90-year-old railway poster advertising Norfolk is set to fetch between £570 and £820 at an auction in America next week. The poster is emblazoned with the word 'Norfolk' and features an image of the Castle Acre Priory ruins by Dutch-born artist, Anton van Anrooy. Photo: Swann Auction Gallery

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A rare 90-year-old railway poster advertising Norfolk is set to fetch between £570 and £820 at an auction in America next week.

The 40x50in poster is emblazoned with the word ‘Norfolk’ and 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. Now, 90 years later, the poster is up for sale and it is expected to fetch between $700 and $1000 at Swann Auction Galleries in New York on Thursday.

Richard Furness, a leading authority on British railway posters, said: “This Castle Acre poster rarely appears at auctions and the last time it came up for sale at an auction was 12 years ago, in August 2004, also at Swann in New York. I have seen only one copy in the UK in a prestigious private collection. The Castle Acre poster illustrates van Anrooy’s wonderful feel for architecture and colour. It is a beautiful piece of art.”

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.

He was in his mid-twenties when he moved from Holland in 1896 and settled in London. He died, aged 79, in 1949.

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