5 amazing pieces of London Underground memorabilia



2015-06-26 14:04:23

Check out these 5 amazing pieces of London Underground memorabilia

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5. Speed Underground

During the early to mid 1900s the advertising for the London Underground took on a strongly avant garde bent.

This was primarily due to the influence of publicist Frank Pick, who awarded contracts to some of Europe's most interesting artists.

This 1930 example from artist and designer Alan Rogers made £6,000 ($9,660) at Christie's London in 2012.

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Another example of avant garde art on the Underground is this 1925 poster from Mary Koop. It realised £8,750 ($14,088) at Christie's London in 2012.

3. The Lure of the Underground

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Alfred Leete's The Lure of the Underground is among the most recognisable Underground posters of all time. One copy sold for £10,000 ($16,100) at Christie's in 2012.

Leete also designed the equally iconic Lord Kitchener poster during the first world war.

2. Harry Beck original map

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Harry Beck's design for the London Underground map has stood the test of time, with the first edition completed in 1933.

It dispenses with geographical accuracy for simplicity and ease of use. The formula proved hugely successful and was swiftly adopted in transit systems across the world.

This original lithograph made £10,625 ($17,106) at Christie's in 2012.

1. Enamel map

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This rare enamel tube map dates to around 1930 and would likely have stood inside a station. An electric lamp at the top facilitates reading.

It sold for £12,500 ($20,575) at Christie's last year.

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