A superb quality rare model locomotive sold for £16,000 (plus buyer’s premium) at the Tennants Auctioneers Toys, Models & Collectibles sale on July 27. The O Gauge 2-6-2T Class 3MT locomotive was built by James Stanley Beeson (1906-1990) of Ringwood, Hampshire, an exceptionally talented model train maker. Beeson’s models are highly admired and sought after by collectors, and this price is close to the world auction record for his work. This particular example was completed as BR 82007 and was previously illustrated in the October 1960 issue of Railway Modeller magazine.
A good private collection of Hornby and Bachmann DCC (Digital Command Control) models, which include sound effects, are also selling well; all 60 lots selling for a total hammer price of £7,600. Highlights of the collection included a lot featuring Bachmann OO Gauge trainers which sold for £250. Live steam models also attracted great interest at the sale, and the section was led by a very attractive live steam model of a boat named ‘Dirk’, which sold for £950, and an engine of Maxwell Hemmens live steam traction, ‘Messenger’. ‘, which sold for £850.
An interesting selection of Beatles-related memorabilia was complemented by a signed photograph of the fabulous four, which sold for £950. The signatures of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were original autographs, however, the signatures of George Harrison and John Lennon were written by Ringo Starr. It was not uncommon for the Beatles to sign each other, or even for their road manager to sign their names. The card was obtained by the seller in 1962 or 1963 by writing to Paul McCartney at this Forthlin Road address and is inscribed “To Sue with love from Ringo Starr xxx”. A large private collection of Beatles-related memorabilia comprising a mix of vintage collectibles sold well, and highlights included a Ringo Starr Selco ‘The Beatles’ snare drum which sold for £300.
Also of note and selling well above estimate are two lots of 1970s football trade cards; the first two lots selling for £1,100 and £950, more than 10 times their lowest estimates.
The sale achieved a total hammer price of £50,700 with a sell-through rate of 89% for 266 lots.
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