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  • Great Train Robbery archive makes $31,000
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    Paul Fraser
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Great Train Robbery archive makes $31,000

An archive of items relating to Ronnie Biggs and the Great Train Robbery has sold for ?�20,000 ($30,835) at JP Humbert in Northamptonshire, UK. 

Biggs train Humbert
Ronnie Biggs became a celebrity in the aftermath of the Great Train Robbery

A watch belonging to Biggs sold for ?�900 ($1,387) on February 18, and a few specimens of the Monopoly money from the set played by the gang in the aftermath of the robbery made ?�400 ($616).

A piece of wire used to tamper with the railway signalling and a key from one of the getaway cars also featured.

The 1963 robbery received an enormous amount of press at the time due to its scale and audaciousness.

Around ?�2.6m was taken, a vast sum at the time. Much of the money has never been recovered. 

Biggs in particular became a celebrity in the aftermath, achieving a spectacular escape from prison in 1965 followed by many years living in exile in Brazil.

He returned to the UK in 2001 where he served out some of his sentence.

Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert told the Northampton News: "This proves the enduring appeal of this most audacious robbery and we are delighted with the result and the 100% sale rate."

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
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