This also was the case with vintage posters, you could buy a mixed
lot of ten railway posters for £100, amongst them might be a Night Scotsman now worth £25k or a Tom Purvis Beach poster now worth £10k. Even back then a Cassandre Nord Express would command £100 - a fortune for a poster.
After serving out his apprenticeship Patrick decided to set up in business as a specialist auction house, quite a big step for a young entrepreneur, so Onslows Auctioneers came into being with specialist auctions being held in places of related interest; our automobilia at Brooklands, shipping at The National Maritime Museum, militaria at the Honourable Artillery Company and Motorcycles at the National Motorcycle Museum. At the time this was a totally new concept and much copied today by the world’s leading auction houses. We quickly realized there were new opportunities for collector’s sales and Onslows went on to pioneer sales of Titanic Ephemera and artifacts, and most successfully of the International market for vintage posters.