‘Records go up in smoke at Sheffield Auction Gallery’

The Engineered and Toy Shop Live Steam Auction at Sheffield Auction Gallery on 12th October established a number of new sales records for the Company with 35 lots returning a record total sale hammer price for live steam of £50,763 (plus BP).

Leading the way and setting a new Sheffield auction record for a model train, was a medal winning 5 inch Gauge model of an LMS Crab locomotive at a hammer price of £13,400 (plus BP) after a battle between a bidder in the room and one on the phone. “Without doubt the finest built model locomotive we have been honoured to handle here at Sheffield Auction Gallery”, commented Auctioneer and specialist valuer John Morgan. “The hobby of live steam modelling is a very niche but hugely vibrant market currently with Sheffield being one of the leading specialist auction houses in the field”, continued Mr. Morgan.

Other house records broken in the sale included a new outright record for a model traction engine at £9,500 (plus BP) for a 5inch scale Garrett and Sons Traction Engine, and 2 new scale records with £3,200 (plus BP) for a 1.5 inch scale Allchin Traction engine and £6,500 (plus BP) for a 3 inch scale model of A Marshall and Sons Traction Engine.

The next sale of live steam is in Feb 2018 and entries are currently invited. For further information please contact the saleroom office on 0114 281 6161.

Medal winners in any walk of life are not common, as it is with engineered live steam models and on 12th October a silver medal winning model of an LMS 2-6-0 Hughes Crab is to be auctioned at in Sheffield Auction Gallery’s Live Steam Auction.

Built to 5inch gauge and finished in black with running number 2874, the model was built in finest scale detail over many years by Thomas Tegg, starting in the 1990’s and culminating in a silver medal at the Model engineering Exhibition in 2008. The level of detail and care taken over scale is outstanding; even the track the locomotive sits on was engineered by Mr Tegg.

5" Gauge Live Steam LMS 2874 2-6-0 'Crab'

5″ Gauge Live Steam LMS 2874 2-6-0 ‘Crab’

The Original Crab Locomotive was designed by George Hughes for mixed traffic use and built between 1926 and 1932 and of the 245 built in Harwich and Crewe 3 are left in preservation, including the first locomotive in the National collection at York. Number 2874 was built in 1930 and withdrawn in the 1960’s.

John Morgan, Auctioneer commented “Simply the finest live steam locomotive we at Sheffield Auction Gallery have had the honour to bring to the market. The level of detail is outstanding. With a pre-auction estimate of £10,000 interest is likely to be significant.”

The model complete with medal, certificate and plans is to be auctioned at Sheffield auction Gallery on 12th October at 10am. For further information please contact the saleroom office on 0114 281 6161. Entries for this auction are still invited.