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Hi there folks

As a small boy, my father was lucky enough to receive a Lionel train set from an American soldier (stationed in Blackpool, UK) during WWII.

Unfortunately he suffered a series of strokes last year and is now in a nursing home, leaving my mum at home having a bit of a clear out. We've decided to auction off some of my father's collectibles (it all helps) and I thought I would try and generate some interest in it via this forum.

We're selling as a complete lot a Lionel 1668E Locomotive with Tender, 3 carriages plus track (there is some Hornby track too). All items are still boxed, the transformer is there too. In my uneducated opinion, the items are all in fantastic condition, for example the locomotive still has the red light on the front and no scratches.

Having looked through your forum a little, I'm fairly sure I've come to the right place to promote it, I hope you don't mind me using your resource.

If anyone has any questions, I'm more than happy to answer them.

Auction Date - 29th July
Company - Adam Partridge Auctioneers, Macclesfield, UK
Website - www.adampartridge.co.uk
Tel - 01260 274603
Lot Number: 942
A boxed Lionel Trains 2-6-2 locomotive and tender, 1668E, three boxed carriages and a quantity of boxed and loose Hornby and other track.


If you've read this far - thank you for your time.

Dave
 

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Dave,

That was a very nicely worded auction notice---thank you for posting it with us. Please accept our condolences and best wishes for your father's improvement. I also wish you good luck on your auction.

Sincerely,
 

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Dave,

I'll echo Reckers' comments above ... very best wishes to your father.

I recently ebay bought a 1668E in excellent condition ... it's a beautiful loco, in my opinion.

I'd suspect that most forum members here have ebay buying experience, but not as much private auction buying experience, especially for one overseas. You might consider posting a few comments on how the process would work, required buyer's fees, etc. ... so that people potentially interested might feel more comfortable with the process.

Best of happiness to you and your family.

TJ
 

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Good point, TJ. I haven't a clue as to how to do an overseas auction. My experience overseas has been limited to that Nigerian Prince who is sending me 3 trillion dollars because I am completely trustworthy and will give him back half of it when he arrives here.
 

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Folks

Thanks for your support and wishes - I'm grateful my posting was taken in the spirit it was meant.

I'll try and assist with a rough guide to purchasing from the UK Auction House, I've only ever been present at auctions previously, so I'll be cribbing most of this from the Adam Partridge website.

Here's the instructions for people unable to attend the salesroom

Leave a Bid - Commission Bidding:
If you cannot attend the sale but would like to bid on item/s, we can bid on your behalf. This is known as a commission bid and is a free service. You can fill in a commission bid form with details of the lot number/s you would like to bid on and your maximum bid.
You can also leave bids through our online catalogue.

We execute the bids as cheaply as possible depending on reserves and other bids.
No liability rests with Adam Partridge and instructions to buy will not be accepted.

Live Internet Bidding:
You can bid live from anywhere in the world via www.the-saleroom.com
Simply register on the website and find ADAM PARTRIDGE. You will be able to view the catalogue with photos and will have the opportunity to click and bid live during the auction if you wish. An extra 3% is added to the buyer’s premium for this service.

Phone Bidding:
If you have a serious interest in an item/s and are prepared to bid in excess of the guide price you can also bid by telephone. You register your interest with us and a member of staff will call you a few minutes before your lot is offered to enable you to bid live via the telephone.

Buyer's Premium:
A buyer’s premium of 18% (inclusive of VAT) is charged on all lots purchased in the saleroom.
This means an addition of 18% will be made to the hammer price.

Payment and Collection:
We accept the following methods of payment:
Cash Guaranteed cheques only
Banker’s Drafts & Building Society cheques
Debit Cards
Credit Cards (3% surcharge)
All items purchased must be collected by 12 noon on the day following the sale.
Items that remain uncollected will be moved to our storage facility and storage charges may apply at the rate of £2/lot/day for small items and £5/lot/day for furniture, backdated to the date of sale.

Also, a photo is now in the catalogue, it doesn't do it justice in my opinion, but I'll attach it here anyway.

Thanks again folks and take care.

Dave
 

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Dave,

Thanks for the auction description and photo, though it's hard to judge condition with the tiny jpg image. Original Lionel boxes add to value.

The 1668E is a popular collector's loco, and commonly offered/sold on ebay, I'd say in the $40 to $160 range (including tender), depending upon condition. And condition is key to attracting buyers ... either a "junker" for a cheap price, or a near-mint for higher value.

So, in order to attract interest on your end (an justify the 18% premium), you might see if you/auction can offer more detailed pics to tout the loco and set's condition.

(I mentioned that I own a 1668E in rather good condition ... it really is a very attractive, well made loco.)

Regards,

TJ
 
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