There was international interest in the auction of a Dunedin
model engineer's lifetime collection yesterday. The
collection of more than 70 steam and radio-controlled models
was built by respected model engineer Bob Bell.
''It exceeded our expectations considerably,'' Hayward's
auctioneer Kevin Hayward said yesterday.
''There was some very, very spirited bidding. There was
interest from around the country and overseas.
''We had a packed house of more than 100 people. There were
guys there catching up who hadn't seen each other for years.
It was like a club.''
The top price of $10,000 was for a 1.04m articulated, geared
Shay locomotive, with two tenders.
A 2.2m Clayton's steam truck with articulated trailer went
for $9000 and a 900mm Mallard locomotive and tender fetched
''Some of the smaller items went for extraordinary prices,
relatively speaking,'' Mr Hayward said.
The models were hand-built by Mr Bell and included steam
engines, locomotives, hydro planes and radio-controlled
Mr Hayward said it was the largest collection of live steam
he had seen ''for a long time''. Many of the models had been
exhibited at the Otago Model Engineering Society, of which Mr
Bell is a life member.