Adrian Batty, who died in April, amassed a collection over 30 years, leaving a room so full that it was difficult to step inside for more than a few steps.
Over 130 locomotives, thousands of pieces of rolling stock and a range of rare trackside accessories, spanning Hornby Dublo’s 25 year span, have been sold at auctioneers in Scarborough , David Duggleby.
The highest price of Â£ 650 was achieved by a single Southern locomotive in a rare malachite color.
Jane Batty, who watched the auction online, said her husband, a former Hull Council pest control chief, would have been delighted that she would get the kitchen they both dreamed of, which they both dreamed of. had started researching before his cancer diagnosis in 2019.
She said he probably would have preferred the lots to go to collectors. âIt looked like there were a lot of dealers and he wouldn’t like it,â she added.
Specialist Graham Paddison, of David Duggleby, said the sale showed Mr Batty to be “very astute in his investments, a very meticulous guy, who made a very detailed inventory of everything he bought.”
The sale attracted bidders from the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.