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Railway posters go under hammer

PUBLISHED: 23:06 16 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:39 03 March 2010

POSTERS featuring scenes from Suffolk's golden age of steam have each fetched hundreds of pounds at auction in London.

The sale was held at Christie's on Thursday and included posters depicting several well-known landmarks in the county.

POSTERS featuring scenes from Suffolk's golden age of steam have each fetched hundreds of pounds at auction in London.

The sale was held at Christie's on Thursday and included posters depicting several well-known landmarks in the county.

Among the collection was a 1940 beach scene by artist Robert Swenham showing sunbathers in front of a row of beach huts at Felixstowe, which went under the hammer for £1,880.

William Walcot's 1928 image of the Felix Hotel called "Facing Sea, 28 Tennis Courts in Adjoining Grounds" fetched £940 while Austin Cooper's poster showing a fisherman putting up a row of ship-signal bunting in front of a yacht in Lowestoft sold for £881.

Fred Taylor's 1940 poster image of Framlingham fetched £822 while Frank Henry Mason's view of Orford Ness (1960) went under the hammer for £881.

The same artist's depiction of a lighthouse at Lowestoft sold for £587, and Jack Merriott's view of the Tide Mill, Woodbridge (1957) fetched £587.

A spokeswoman for Christie's said: "Travel posters are proving quite popular and 71% of the posters were sold by lot, while 83% were sold by value. It has done very well."

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