London Underground Collectibles And Memorabilia

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2015-06-26 10:37:42

London Underground Collectibles And Memorabilia are items relating to the history of the famous London public transport system.

Brief history and description

The London Underground (also known as the Underground or the Tube) is a rapid transit system based in London, England which also serves a larger part of Buckinghamshire, Essex and Hertfordshire.

The London Underground is currently the second largest metro system in the world, and approximately 3.04 million people use the Underground on a daily basis. The Tube currently has 11 lines and serves 270 different stations, and also covers 250 miles (with 45% of the tracks being underground).

The Underground is considered to be an international and symbolic icon for the city of London, and its tube maps are used on various London memorabilia items as well.

Guide for collectors

London Underground display maps from the early 1900s are considered to be both rare and valuable. London Underground memorabilia items which reference one of the approximately 40 abandoned or relocated Underground stations are considered to be rare.

Also highly popular with collectors are original vintage advertising posters from the first half of the 20th century, which have been known to sell for thousands of pounds at auction.

Restoration of a London Underground memorabilia item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring the item may decrease its value.

For more information regarding London Underground memorabilia items, visit the London Transport Museum's official website or The Tube's official website,

Value

Vectis Auctions LTD in Stockton on Tees, England sold a model of the "Ashfield" London Underground Station (51" x 3.5") consisting of different six platforms for £800 in September of 2007.

Eastbourne Auction Rooms in East Sussex, England sold a lot of various London Underground display maps as well as a Green Line coach route display map and a South Downs preservation bill map (circa 1935) for £100 in March of 2007.

Vectis Auctions LTD in Stockton on Tees, England sold a London Undeground destination board for "VIA Charing X" and "Via Bank" featuring a yellow background and black lettering for £25 in November of 2007.

Vectis Auctions LTD in Stockton on Tees, England sold The Model Shop's London Underground kit (circa 1938) consisting of a powered driving motor coach, a Tenshodo motor bogie, two non-powered driving motor coaches, and a non-powered driving motor coach and trailer coach for £60 in July of 2008, and the same London Underground kit for £90 in November of 2007.

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