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Gilbert Rae's advertising sign sold by our letter writer.

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I owned it for 40 years or so (I have collected advertising for many years – I sold my first collection at Bonhams in 1980, around 500 lots).

I understand there are probably only 18 examples of this Gilbert Rae’s tinplate sign in existence in the world.

I would love to know if that’s true – can any of your readers help? It is one of advertising’s rarest and most desirable signs, I would guess.

Robert Vince, The Incurable Collector