Rusting enamel motor sign makes thousands

A rusting British enamel advertising sign that was rescued from a skip has sold for thousands in a Welsh saleroom.

Enamel motoring advertising sign

Despite being in poor condition with substantial areas of rust and deterioration, particularly to its lower half, the BP advertising sign sold for an impressive hammer of £10,400 at a recent sale at Peter Francis auctioneers in Carmarthen.

Measuring 105 x 70cm was offered for sale with an estimate of £1,000 to £2,000.

Made in the 1920s, the sign is considered to be the ‘holy grail’ among collectors of early motoring signs, and depicts a racing car passing the finishing line at speed above the legend, ‘The Winner, BP, The British Petrol’.

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