An 1898 Model Steam Engine estimated at $55,000 to go under Bonhams hammer

Young boys love rail engine toys. And then some of these boys take their fantasy to the toy to new heights to make expensive and workable railway systems when they grow up! One such boy turned man is Mr. Percy Leigh, who got a six-inch gauge model steam engine built by Lucas and Davies in the 19th century, and this rail system is touted to be one of the most expensive in the world. Mow, you can own a piece of the historic toy thanks to Bonhams, who have estimated the price of the set between $38,920 and $54,470.

Originally made for $500, the entire set was made in nine months. The set consists of the engine and tender, four meticulously detailed passenger coaches with three wagons. The other highlights at the auction include a 3 ½ inch gauge model of the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway 2-2-2 Locomotive, estimated to fetch between $ 7,785 and $12,460. A 6-inch gauge model of the East India Railway 2-2-2, originally built for the East Indian Railway boardroom, London, touted to earn between $23,355 and $31,140.

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