Was the rare Weston poster sold at auction?

PUBLISHED: 15:25 23 June 2011

Image from © Bloomsbury Auctions

Image from © Bloomsbury Auctions

© Bloomsbury Auctions

A RARE poster of Weston made in the 1950s has failed to sell at auction.

The historical picture advertising the resort as a prime holiday location was expected to be sold for up to £2,000 yesterday (Wed).

A bold coloured lithograph, depicting a mother and toddler splashing in the sea and featuring the words ‘Weston-super-Mare, Somerset’s Family Paradise’, was created by Bristol-born artist Tom Purvis.

The picture, which is in top condition, was displayed at British railway stations about 60 years ago to promote the resort as a top holiday destination.

A biannual vintage poster auction was held yesterday afternoon, at Bloomsbury Auctions in London, and the artwork had a reserve price of £1,400.

The auction house acquired the lithograph after its owner, a poster collector, died,

A spokesman from the auction said: “As the reserve price was not met it will go back to the vendor, or the person selling it on behalf of the estate.

“Sometimes people approach us after the auction, or it may even appear in our next vintage poster auction later in the year.”

International vintage poster consultant, Richard Barclay, from Bloomsbury Auctions, said he had high hopes of the striking image being snapped up after many registered an interest leading up to the auction.

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