Julien’s Auctions, Los Angeles presents “Property from the Collection of Neil Young,” an event where Canadian folk-rock star Neil Young will offer up more than 230 of his vast collection of Lionel trains up for auction.
Neil Young, best known for his Woodstock-era songs, has been a passionate model train enthusiast for more than 20 years. His collection and vast layouts at his California ranch took off in the early 1990s as a means of connecting with his son Ben, who suffers from cerebral palsy. He also designed a remote control for trains that allows multiple trains to run at once, and a device that delivers realistic railroad audio to help his son get the most out of this hobby.
Some of the highlights of the auction include the Lionel Hudson factory prototype locomotive with a pre-auction estimate of $4,000 to $9,000, and the H.O.A.R.D tour psychedelic Vanderbilt Hudson locomotive, which is expected to sell for $3,000 to $6,000. Young is also selling some of his classic car collections. This includes a first-in-production 1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark convertible 50th anniversary special edition, with a steering wheel hub that reads “Customized for Neil Young” and it has a pre-auction estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.
A portion of the auction proceeds will benefit Bridge School in California, which Pegi Young, the singer’s ex-wife, co-founded in 1986 for children with severe speech and physical impairments. “Collecting all of these items has been my great joy. They have provided a source of inspiration, fun, and creativity throughout my life. Now it is time to share them with others in the world, who I hope will enjoy and love them as much as I have,” said Young.
The auction will take place on December 9, 2017, at Julien’s Auctions, Los Angeles, noted Reuters.