Sale 288

Special Coronavirus Alternative Auction, closing Tuesday, 25th August 2020

As live auctions are not permitted during the coronavirus emmergency, this auction is being run as a Postal Auction as a replacemnet for our normal live events. Bidding in this sale is via email and post.


Please note the change from a live auction at the Royal National Hotel to a Postal Auction.


Bids can be submitted by post or email to the address below (where equal bids are submitted, the first received will take preference). Please ensure that you give us your card payment details or blank cheque (with an appropriate 'not to exceed £...' endorcement) with your bids. Due to social distancing rules, we will be unable to have several staff working together at the office to take the payments and dispatch the tickets after the sale closes, as we would in normal times. To avoid interupting and delaying the one staff member who will be sending out the tickets to the successful bidders after the auction, please make sure that we have your payment details before the sale closes. Bidding will be in the following steps:

£1 up to £10
£2 up to £30
£5 up to £100

£10 up to £500
£20 thereafter

The successful bidder will pay one step above the next highest bid, or the minimum price in the absence of other bids. A buyer's premium of 10% + VAT will apply to all bids, total 12%.

Final Bid

"Final Bid" gives you the ability to avoid losing a highly desirable item when there is keen bidding from rival participants. Please read the following notes if you are likely to place a bid of £200 or more on any lot in the auction.

If you bid £200 or over on a lot, you have the option to book Final Bid on that lot. If you book Final Bid on a lot, we will then telephone you between 14.00hrs and 16.00hrs on the Tuesday afternoon of the sale closing day. We must have received your phone or email booking Final Bid on, or preferably before, the Monday afternoon prior to the closing day, or have received a written request with your bidding form. Please specify each lot in the sale that you wish to book Final Bid on. Your minimum bid on these lots must be at least £200 to qualify for Final Bid.

Booking Final Bid does not mean that you will have to pay a "hammer price" of £200 or more. The hammer price will be one increment over the next highest bid, as per normal. However, we would expect you to bid at least £200 if you have a rival who takes the bidding to this level.

When we ring you, we will tell you the current status of your bid. The possibilities will be:

When booking Final Bid, please ensure that you are available to be phoned on the Tuesday afternoon of the auction closing day, in this case Tuesday, 25 August. Please ring us on 01327 262193 if you do not receive a booked Final Bid call, have a problem, or wish to clarify any points.

The condition of the tickets is indicated as follows:

Front of Tickets

indicates that the ticket is in excellent/undamaged condition

indicates the ticket is in good condition with no noticeable defects

indicates the ticket has some wear or minor crease, although still presentable

indicates the ticket is in poor condition

indicates the ticket has faded

for travel tickets: issued and dated example

for platform tickets: issued, the symbol indicates a dated example

Back of Tickets

indicates that the back of the ticket is in good, undamaged condition

indicates that the back of a ticket has paper residue as a result of previous mounting, usually removable with care

indicates that the back of the ticket, including the back paper, has actual damage or loss

indicates that the ticket has no back

This catalogue will be updated with the Sale Results after the auction. This will show the hammer price and the bidding number of the winning bidder for each Lot.

Lots purchased by bidders will be posted by special delivery at the buyer's risk, unless otherwise instructed, and the receipt retained for three months.

Specialists in Railway, Tram and Bus Tickets,
Great Central Railwayana Ltd
14 School Street, Woodford Halse, Daventry, NN11 3RL

Telephone: 01327 262193 / 263633 ~~ Email:

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