0 Gauge Train Sells for £9,000
If you are short of a few pounds, it might be time to have a sort through those boxes in the loft to see if you can uncover a gem. Back in 2019, a rare but unassuming antique model locomotive sold for a hammer price of £9,000 in an auction saleroom at the end of a fierce bidding war.
Tennants Auctioneers’ from Yorkshire saw a European buyer win the very early Marklin O Gauge locomotive and tender, which was made before World War I. However, it was the link to a British railway company that made the lot more appealing to collectors.
Tennants specialist Kegan Harrison explained, “These locomotives were made in Germany and were usually sold painted in generic colours, but this was a very rare example as it carried the colours of a British railway line, the London North Western Railway. This rarity certainly spiked the interest of collectors.”
It just goes to show that sometimes the most unassuming loco can be the most valuable. Research is always key to finding out if something is worth more than it originally appears.