Model Engineering and Model Railways

The finest exhibition quality 7¼ inch gauge model of the Sir William Stanier London Midland and Scottish Railway ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2 LMS Locomotive and Tender No 6230 ‘Duchess of Buccleuch’
Sold for £170,800; $263,000; €198,000

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions are unique in the auction market in offering specialist auctions of Live Steam Models and Model Engineering Works of Art. Over the past twenty years these sales have grown and developed, so making this category a high profile and headline hitting part of the business.

We are privileged to have offered some very fine collections, including the Salem Collection of Live Steam Locomotives, (April 2012), which hailed from Geneva and was offered at Dreweatts, Donnington Priory. The sale attracted worldwide interest and a world record price of £170,800 was achieved for a 7 ¼ inch gauge model of The Duchess of Buccleuch (showing above), built by the late Mr Harry Powell of Crewe. More recently, auctions of The Witheridge Collection of 7 ¼ inch Locomotives, (Sept. 2013), from Norfolk, and The Pete Waterman Collection of Gauge 1 to 7 ¼ inch gauge models (April 2015) took place. From the Waterman Collection, a model of a 7 ¼ inch gauge Great Western Railways Locomotive, Caerphilly Castle, realised £124,000, with the whole auction achieving a final total close to £650K.

A fine exhibition quality model of a 7¼ inch gauge Great Western Castle Class 4-6-0 locomotive and tender No. 4073 'Caerphilly Castle' Sold for £124,00; $185,000; €133,200

The Transport Sales also feature Lathes, Tooling, Stationary Engines, Traction Engines, Locomotives in all gauges including garden railway and a wide variety of Transport-related items including Railwayana, Automobilia, aeronautical models and ephemera.

Every auction catalogue is lavishly illustrated with each lot described in full detail, including mechanical specifications and the full boiler history when available.

Consignments for these auctions have come from as far away as Australia, with the regular appearance of items sourced from Europe and all parts of the UK.

We offer a personal service and would be delighted to visit you at your home to give free advice on the value and salability of your models at auction.

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Michael Matthews

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David Rees

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