A man who worked for former Prime Minister Sir John Major as a special advisor has paid £31,500 for an enamel sheet iron Downing Street sign at auction. The sign, which was designed by the late Sir Misha Black, was expected to fetch between £3,000 and £5,000 when it went under the hammer at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, West Sussex, today.
It was one of five signs sold on behalf of Westminster City Council, with the remaining 300, including black fingerpost signs and more enamel sheet iron signs, being offered in a sealed bid auction which finishes at 5pm tomorrow. The Downing Street sign was bought by David Soskin who was a special advisor in the number 10 Policy Unit. A similar sign sold in May for £7,800.
The signs were offered for sale by Westminster City Council, which is upgrading all of its signposts in the Capital as part of the Legible London campaign. Each sign comes with a certificate of authenticity verifying its origin.