Published Dec 11, 2017Neil Young has really been cleaning out his closet. The rock legend delivered his enormous online archive and a new album called The Visitor, but he's not just making room on his hard drive. He also successfully sold his model train collection.
As previously reported, Young listed his impressive Lionel train collection at Julien's Auctions, intending to raise money for charity. It all paid off, as he steamrolled through the sale raising nearly $300,000 USD in the process.
According to Reuters, Young sold 230 pieces from his train collection. Some items were extremely rare, like the "custom-painted Commodore Vanderbilt 4-6-4 locomotive," which sold for $10,000 USD.
In addition to the trains, Young auctioned off plenty of other collectibles. He even sold his 1953 Buick 76 Roadmaster Skylark convertible, which has an embossed steering wheel hub that reads "Customized for Neil Young." That item sold for $400,000 USD.
A portion of the sales will be donated to the Bridge School, the organization for children with speech and physical impairments that Young founded with his ex-wife Pegi.
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