Records Fall as Steam Rises at Sheffield Auction Gallery

With a total sale value of £58,000 (including buyers premium) and 98% of lots sold, the Collectable Toy and Live Steam Auction at Sheffield Auction Gallery on Thursday October 27th was considered a success by Auctioneer John Morgan. Leading the way and setting a new house record for a model train was an excellent 5 inch Gauge live steam 2-6-0 Class 2 tender locomotive, in the unusual but correct, British Rail green livery and running number 78004.

5 inch Gauge Live Steam 2-6-0 Class 2 Tender Locomotive
5 inch Gauge Live Steam 2-6-0 Class 2 Tender Locomotive

Built to the very highest standard from original scaled down British rail plans it sold for £11,130 (including buyers premium). Along similar lines but in need of complete restoration was a 2.5inch gauge live steam 4-6-2 Princess Elizabeth by Basset Lowke which sold for £2,540 (including buyers premium).

At the other end of the spectrum, auction houses are always looking for the next trend and one which came to the fore in this sale were the 1980’s Action Man Action Force Items. Three lots of boxed vehicles and loose figures with a pre-sale estimate of under £100 sold for a premium inclusive £810. These particular figures were brought out in part as a response to the success of Star Wars action figures. Whatever did happen to those?

Sheffield Auction Gallery’s next Specialist Collectable Toys & Live Steam Auction is on 16th December and entries are invited.