Great Train Robbery items on sale at Towcester auctioneers

A Monopoly note used by the gang

A Monopoly note used by the gang

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Memorabilia from the Great Train Robbery is to go on sale at a Towcester auctioneers.

J P Humbert Auctioneers are to sell more than 400 items including the throttle lever of the locomotive that pulled the mail train and items from the Monopoly set that the gang famously played with.

The diverse collection includes items, not only from the actual night of the robbery and the period after where the gang holed up at Leatherslade Farm while Britains biggest manhunt got under way in the summer of 1963, but also personal items belonging to Ronnie Biggs, Bruce Reynolds and others, many of which were personally signed.

Managing director, Jonathan Humbert, said: “since the catalogue was published last week, the enquiries have been coming thick and fast with interest from America, Canada, Japan, Australia, Brazil and elsewhere.

“Such is the enduring appeal of this most audacious crime, even 52 years on, people have an unrepeatable opportunity to bid on, and buy some important pieces of British social history. We are expecting a very busy sale.”

Items on offer also include currency stolen in the robbery and many other important items directly connected with the robbery, the robbers and their personal lives.

Mr Humbert added; “This is certainly The Greatest Ever Great Train Robbery Sale and I believe an historical event in its own right, as this event will never happen again and the lifetime collection from a private collector, will be scattered worldwide.”

The auction takes place from 4pm on Tuesday, June 16.

Further details, online bidding and a fully illustrated catalogue available at www.the-saleroom.com/jphumbert or from the auctioneers on 01327 359595.