'Bamburgh' by William Russell Flint – £9200 at Onslows.

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Estimated at £5500-6000, it sold to a commission bidder in Bristol for £9200.

“That made a heck of a price,” said Patrick Bogue. “My commission bidder left a very high bid on it and I thought there’s no way he is going to have to pay that for it – but he very nearly didn’t get it.

“We sold that to the client who put it back in again. They paid about £5000 about 15 years ago and just enjoyed having it but never actually put it up. When he sent it back to us it was still in the same packing tube.”

It is thought Russell Flint designed only two posters: this example in 1925 and another promoting Chester for the GWR. Bogue added: “Bamburgh is a beautiful and rare poster. Until we sold it 15 years ago I’d never seen it before in a sale. Funnily enough someone rang up the other day and said ‘I’ve got one of those’, so it seems there is a second one floating about.”

The sale took place on November 26.

Cornish coast


'Cornwall' by Leonard Richmond – £3900 at Onslows.

Another railway highlight here was a Leonard Richmond (1889-1965) royal quad view of Cornwall (probably St Ives) printed for the GWR by Jordison, c.1930. Estimated at £1000-1500, it made £3900 after a contest lasting about 10 minutes.