December 8 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Road signs for well-known streets including Downing Street, The Strand, Drury Lane and Shaftesbury Avenue are to be auctioned off.
In addition to street signs, finger signs pointing visitors to famous landmarks will also go under the hammer.
Westminster Council is selling off the street signs via Summers Place Auctions following a similar auction earlier this year which saw signs for iconic addresses including Abbey Road and Downing Street put up for auction.
Another sign for the well-known political address will go on sale at the auction in October, and carries an estimate of £1,000 to £1,500.
A sign for Bow Street is estimated to fetch £200 to £300 while those from Drury Lane, Shaftesbury Avenue and The Strand each carry an estimate of £300 to £500.
The sale will also offer groupings of signs. One will offer bidders the chance to get hold of signs for Horticultural Halls, St James’s Park, Westminster Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and City Hall. Another will be for Tourist Information, Buckingham Palace, Victoria Coach Station, Westminster Cathedral and Queens Gallery Royal Mews.
Auctioneer James Rylands said: “This is a rare opportunity to pick up a real piece of London’s history. Anyone wandering the streets of London will have noticed the distinctive cast aluminium finger signs directing Londoners and tourists alike to famous landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park.
“Westminster Council and Transport for London are upgrading all of their signposting in the capital as part of the Legible London campaign, resulting in these rarities being removed and offered for sale at auction.”
Cllr Robert Davis, deputy leader of Westminster Council, said: “London is home to some of the most famous street signs in the world and the first auction in May showed that buyers are keen to acquire a genuine piece of the capital’s history.
“More than 15million visitors came to London last year to be greeted and guided to historic locations by signs like these.
“With signs from Downing Street, Drury Lane and Oxford Street on offer in the forthcoming sale, the auction room will resemble something close on a Monopooly board, except bidders won’t have to pay Monopoly money to buy an iconic piece of London.”