News story of the month: Top prices paid at Trains Galore (21-Jan-11)

21 January 2011
imports_CCGB_trains-galore-1_20110.jpg News story of the month: Top prices paid at Trains Galore (21-Jan-11)
Special Auction Services' 25th Trains Galore sale in December provides excellent results. ...

Excellent results at Trains Galore


Special Auction Services promised something special for the 25th Trains Galore sale on Friday 10th December and that certainly proved to be case.

The top lot sold for double its counterpart in last year’s event, with the overall amount of £200,000 (plus buyer’s premium at 15%) being the highest Trains Galore sale total realised by SAS since 2007. Just four of the 812 lots failed to sell.

Top of the sales list was a fine exhibition standard 5in gauge model of BR Standard Pacific No 70013 ‘Oliver Cromwell’, built by J W Airton, which sold for £17,000.

In second and third place in the Top 10 prices realised were two Great Northern Railway 4-2-2 Stirling Single locomotives and tenders. A 3½in gauge model of No 1, built by A Peacock, sold for £14,000 (more than double its estimate), while a museum standard 7¼in gauge No 1008, built by A Walshaw, made £10,000.

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Commenting on the sale, Hugo Marsh, Director, said: “This was the 25th Trains Galore auction so a very special occasion. We’re pleased to confirm it was a great success. It was as popular as ever, with absentee bidding from all corners of the world.

“Marklin products continued to prove popular, with Aster and ACE Trains showing the strength of more modern trains.”

The final lot was generously donated by ACE Trains to be sold on behalf of Leonard Cheshire Disability. “The ‘Leonard Cheshire VC’ 4-6-2 loco and tender raised £1,300 for the charity so it was a great end to a great day,” Hugo said.

This auction story was first published in the February isssue of Collectors Gazette. To see which issues of Collectors Gazette are available to buy online, click here.