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Hundreds of famous London street signs up for auction

Some of London's most famous street signs are going up for auction later this month, with some expected to fetch more than £1,000.

The Strand is expected to attract one of the highest bids Credit: Westminster Council

Estimates currently range from £20 to over £1,000 with London's familiar enamel signs expected to face the most fierce bidding.

Among the names up for auction are:

  • Bow Street (estimated £200 to £300)
  • Drury Lane (estimated £300 to £500)
  • Shaftesbury Avenue (estimated £300 to £500)
  • The Strand (estimated £300 to £500)
  • Downing Street (estimated £1,000 to £1,500)

A total of 100 enamel signs will be open for bids, including:

(Opening auction guide price in brackets)

  • Baker Street, (2 being offered) £80-120
  • Bayswater, (1 being offered) £30-50
  • Bond Street, (1 being offered) £60-100
  • Buckingham Palace, (2 being offered) £100-200
  • Charing Cross, (1 being offered) £60-100
  • City Hall, (1 being offered) £30-50
  • Covent Garden, (4 being offered) £60-100
  • Covent Garden tube sign, (1 being offered) £60-100
  • Edgware Road, (2 being offered) £40-60
  • Edgware Road Station, (1 being offered) £50-80
  • Embankment Pier, (1 being offered) £50-80
  • Green Park, (2 being offered) £40-60
  • Houses of Parliament, (1 being offered) £100-200
  • Hyde Park, (2 being offered) £80-120
  • Hyde Park Corner, (2 being offered) £50-80
  • Kensington Gardens, (1 being offered) £80-120
  • Kensington Palace, (1 being offered) £100-200
  • Lancaster Gate, (1 being offered) £40-60
  • Leicester Square, (1 being offered) £60-100
  • Little Venice, (1 being offered) £60-100
  • Lord's Cricket Ground, (1 being offered) £100-200
  • Marble Arch, (1 being offered) £80-120
  • Oxford Circus, (2 being offered) £80-120
  • Oxford Street, (1 being offered) £80-120
  • Paddington, (2 being offered) £80-120
  • Piccadilly, (1 being offered) £80-120
  • Piccadilly Circus, (1 being offered) £80-120
  • Regent's Park, (5 being offered) £80-120
  • St James's Park, (4 being offered) £60-100
  • St John's Wood, (1 being offered) £50-80
  • Trafalgar Square, (1 being offered) £50-80
  • Warwick Avenue, (1 being offered) £40-60

In addition, 190 black 'finger sign posts' will be auctioned off.

Westminster Council 'finger sign posts' Credit: Westminster Council
Some of London's most exclusive names up for sale Credit: Westminster Council

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 City 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."

– James Rylands, auctioneer

The auction is being held by Summers Place Auctions in West Sussex on October 22 with a sealed bid auction the following day. It follows a similar sale in May which saw two signs - Abbey Road and Downing Street - sell for a combined £16,350.