Offered by Anderson & Garland (20% buyer’s premium) in Newcastle on May 23, this 21 x 4ft 9in (53cm x 1.45m) version of Bawden’s colour lithograph came with a bonus. Not only is it signed, inscribed with the title, numbered 35/40 and dated 1961 but it was sold together with a letter from the artist to the vendor’s father.
Writing from Brick House in Great Bardfield, Bawden says: “Thank you for your letter & for enclosing a cheque in payment for a print. The edition is very nearly exhausted because of the publicity the print has received.
All the available printed copies have been sold, but another batch is now being printed & when this laborious operation has been completed, (each copy is printed by foot!) I will send you a copy.
"I trust you will not mind waiting for about three weeks as the operation is not only laborious but rather slow.”
Estimated at £2000-3000, it sold to a bidder on thesaleroom.com at £9200. The price is among the highest at auction for a Liverpool Street Station print.