MODEL TRAINS AND RAILWAYANA FROM BOTHWELL COLLECTION MAKE TRACKS
at Bonhams Sale


The Bothwell Collection
11 Nov 2017
Los Angeles, Bothwell Ranch

An astonishing range of more than 150 lots of railway interest, all offered with no reserve, will appear at the Bonhams sale of the Bothwell Collection on 11 November at the Bothwell Ranch, L.A. Lindley Bothwell's enthusiasm for model railways was well known, and he even constructed his own rail line and tram barn on his ranch in order to exercise his staggering collection of horse-drawn streetcars.

Bothwell was a pioneer of the vintage and veteran racing scene, and was one of the first serious collectors of early motor cars. For many years, he was the owner of the largest private collection of antique automobiles in the USA. He was an avid racer, and broke a speed record at the Indianapolis Speedway in a 1913 Peugeot.

The sale will feature an impressive array of trains and railwayana, including toy and model Standard 'S' and 'O' gauge locomotives, tenders, carriages, rolling stock, track, trackside buildings, controllers and accessories from the most respected makers. Lionel Lines, American Flyer, Ives and the rare Voltamp all feature in the collection, alongside European makers such as Marklin, Bing, Karl Bub and Bassett-Lowke. All of the railwayana lots will be offered without reserve.

Highlights of the collection include a very rare Voltamp 2100 Standard gauge 4-4-0 'steam' locomotive (US$7,000-9,000), a Lionel 381E Standard gauge 4-4-4 electric locomotive (US$6,000-8,000), and a Lionel 408E Standard gauge 'State Brown' 0-4-4-0 electric locomotive (US$6,000-8,000).

Two Buddy 'L' Toy Company lots are offered from Moline Pressed Steel, comprising: Outdoor Railroad Locomotive, tender and train (US$4,000-6,000) with a red box car, green tipper truck, black open hopper and black crane with scoop bucket, and Outdoor Railroad Locomotive, tender and train (US$4,000-6,000) which features a 4-6-2 locomotive and 8-wheel tender in black, a red tank car and a Locomotive Wrecking Crane with hook.

A selection of track and trackside buildings are included in the sale, all of which would make an excellent addition to any serious enthusiast's collection. A Lionel 300 Standard gauge Hellgate Bridge is a particular highlight (US$800-1,200), as is the Lionel 116 Station with train control (US$600-800).

Toby Wilson, Head of Bonhams Automobilia department, commented: 'The Bothwell Train Collection was carefully amassed over many years and contains some of the best examples of 20th Century American Toy Train engineering. It is a privilege to have been asked to catalogue and auction such an outstanding and well-known collection.'

Enquiries
For further information and images call Poppy McKenzie Smith on +44 (0) 20 7468 8363, or email poppy.mckenziesmith@bonhams.com or press@bonhams.com.

NOTES FOR EDITORS
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers of fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with sales also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of forthcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com.


NOTES FOR EDITORS

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. Today, the auction house offers more sales than any of its rivals. The main salerooms are in London, New York and Hong Kong. Sales are also held in the UK in Knightsbridge and Edinburgh; in the US, in San Francisco and Los Angeles; in Europe, in Paris and Stuttgart and in Sydney, Australia. Bonhams also has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of forthcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com

Contacts
  1. Toby Wilson
    Specialist
    Bonhams
    Work
    Millmead
    Guildford, United Kingdom GU2 4BE
    Work +44 20 8963 2842
    FaxFax: +44 20 8963 2802

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