Iconic London street signs to go under the hammer


If you’ve always hankered after the original Downing Street sign to hang inside your pub, or the Shaftesbury Avenue plaque to go on your bedroom door, then here’s your chance.

A total of 100 of London’s most celebrated street signs are going up for auction later this month, with some expected to fetch more than £1,000.

Among the names up for auction are:

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

In addition, 160 black ‘finger sign posts’ will be auctioned off.

Auctioneer James Rylands said: “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.”

The auction is to be held by Summers Place Auctions in West Sussex and comes after a similar sale in May which saw two signs, Abbey Road and another Downing Street sign, sell for a combined £16,350.