Gallery: Toy trains tempt collectors from around the world to spend big

Toys & models auction at Lacy Scott and Knight in Bury St Edmunds. Toys & models auction at Lacy Scott and Knight in Bury St Edmunds.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
11:07 AM

Top toys fetched thousands of pounds at auction over the weekend as collectors from around the world focused their attention on west Suffolk.

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The Toys & Collectors’ Models auction at Lacy Scott & Knight attracted more than 100 bidders on Saturday, as hobbyists aimed to expand their collection with some rare items that were more than 100 years old.

A scale model of a steam fair was the weekend’s most expensive lot, eventually selling for £7,000. However, there was drama in the auction room as bidding was dramatically halted at the £5,800 mark, when the electricity failed and plunged proceedings into darkness.

Other notable sales included a replica steam train and carriages dating back to 1901, which sold for £4,700 and £3,300, while collectors paid hundreds of pounds for brass plates kept in the same condition as when they were removed from old steam trains. Online and phone bidders came from as far away as the Caribbean.

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