Neil Young auctions model train, classic car collections for big bucks

egendary singer-songwriter Neil Young rocked the auction block, selling a few of the most cherished pieces of his product train set.

A lot more than 230 parts of Young’s collection of Lionel design trains sold for almost $300,000, Julien’s Auctions claimed. A Prototype Lionel 1954 Western Pacific 6464-100 Boxcar and Prototype AEC Switcher within the Lionel Archives the two sold for $11,250, above the original estimate assortment of $2,000-$10,000. A custom-painted H.O.R.D.E. Tour Commodore Vanderbilt Hudson locomotive offered for $10,000.

Canadian rock star, who co-founded Buffalo Springfield and later joined Crosby, Stills & Nash, is extra than just a fan of the product trains. Youthful developed a remote control device and sound system for Lionel, in order to make it easier for his son, who has cerebral palsy, to run the trains.

“It’s just relaxing,” Young told David Letterman during an appearance on the former late-night host’s show in 2012.

But it wasn’t just the twice-inducted member from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s design educate hobby that made big news at the auction. Many of Young’s classic cars rolled off the auction block after selling for big bucks, including his 50th anniversary special edition 1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark convertible which features a steering wheel hub saying “customized for Neil Youthful;” the car bought for $400,000. A 1941 Chrysler Series 28 Windsor Highlander two-door, three-person coupe belonging to Young, who says it was once owned by actor Steve McQueen, sold for $35,200 and a 1948 Buick Roadmaster Hearse built by Flxible offered for $31,250. The latter two vehicles offered for well over their unique estimates.

Younger, who wrote and sang the No. 1 single “Heart of Gold,” also offered several guitars and recording equipment at the auction. A portion on the proceeds from your auction will benefit The Bridge School, which Younger and his then-wife Pegi established in 1986, to help children with severe physical and speech impairments.