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Used train ticket sold for 2,352
Poole to Wimborne ticket
The 141-year-old ticket was sold by the widow of a railway fanatic
A used railway ticket for a seven-mile journey has been sold for 2,352.

The second class single from Poole to Wimborne in Dorset, which was issued on 8 September, 1863, was sold at auction in Swindon, Wiltshire, on Thursday.

Auctioneers had estimated the ticket would fetch about 100, but it was bought for more than 23 times the forecast fee by a collector from Kent.

It is believed this beat the previous record for a used railway ticket of 1,500 at an auction two years ago.

Auctioneer Chris Albury said: "We have broken the world record for a used railway ticket.

"It's an absolutely extraordinary price."

The seller of the ticket was the widow of a railway fanatic. She asked not to be named.


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