‘Historic’ Linslade Great Train Robbery item to go under the hammer

The items go under the hammer on Tuesday

The items go under the hammer on Tuesday

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A coat of arms from Linslade Magistrates’ Court is among a haul of Great Train Robbery memorabilia that will go under the hammer on Tuesday.

The auction of more than 400 items is being held in Towcester, Northants, and is the second sale of its kind this year.

The items go under the hammer on Tuesday

The items go under the hammer on Tuesday

The August 1963 heist– during which a gang of robbers stopped a Royal Mail train at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn, near Leighton Buzzard– still remains as one of the most audacious plots in English criminal history.

The auction pays homage to the role the town played in the infamous robbery as a coat of arms from Linslade Magistrates’ Court is up for grabs.

The court hosted committal proceedings between August and December 1963 but due to size limitations later hearings were moved to an adapted chamber at Aylesbury Rural District Council.

However Linslade Magistrates held subsequent committal proceedings between 1964-68 for defendants caught by police after the main trial.

The items go under the hammer on Tuesday

The items go under the hammer on Tuesday

Included in the auction is the throttle lever from the Class 40 locomotive that pulled the mail train, a piece of the railway line the train stopped on and original notes stolen in the robbery and later used in evidence.

Original number plates from the getaway vehicles and many other personal momentos, photos and objects signed by Ronnie Biggs, Bruce Reynolds and Buster Edwards will also go under the hammer.

Once again all of the items are being listed with no reserve price as their worth is not known.

Auctioneer 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.

The items go under the hammer on Tuesday

The items go under the hammer on Tuesday

“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.”

The first collection of Great Train Robbery items were sold at auction for more than £20,000 in February.

A watch worn by Ronnie Biggs during the robbery fetched £900, while a £1 note that was stolen at the time went for £750.

The items go under the hammer on Tuesday

The items go under the hammer on Tuesday

Money from a Monopoly set, which was used by the robbers after they holed up at a farm near Aylesbury, was sold for £400.