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Isn't this the mostly electric train auction? I love the things but will pass. While I respect the reason Neil got involved with Lionel, I hold grudges and am still hacked that Neil's holding company (does not quite go with the image does it) which purchased Lionel moved the company offshore.

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I always get a little low when people part with possessions that meant something to them.

Though fresh paths might be ahead, it's a sign of a dried or died out passion.

In Young's case the departure signalizes a whole new era - moving out of the old redwood ranch, divorce and perhaps his son growing up.

 

Yep, the trains and wagons are leaving the station - for good.

May they roll into other terrains and landscapes in other barns or halls to spread the same steaming joy.

 

See the sky about to rain - broken clouds and rain

Locomotive pull the train

Whistle blowing through my brain

Signals curling on an open plain

rolling down the track again

See the sky about to rain

Neil and those toys really fitted well together

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Neil sure has a lot of stuff.

 

A flannel shirt would be nice, and is as much a trademark as any guitar he may've played. But. . . starts at $1000, with bid increment of $250. It would be a bit weird telling people you've got Neil's shirt on, or do you even tell? Would make a lifetime gift to a Neil fan, though. (pg 19)

 

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Some of it looks like reasonable starting prices...but then I saw this:

 

BUYER'S PREMIUM

  • 28% up to $200,000.00

Yipes! Is that added to the winning bid?

 

 

Yep, that's the way most high-end auctions work. Buyer, not the seller, pays the auctioneer's commission.

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I hold grudges and am still hacked that Neil's holding company (does not quite go with the image does it) which purchased Lionel moved the company offshore.

 

Socialism always sounds good when it's "other" peoples money. I'm sure his "people" work just as hard to keep his as any other business man.

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I'm more of an American Flyer guy.

Still have my train set from when I was a kid in the '50s.

 

After 60+ years in attics across the country, only taken down to run for a few hours each Christmas - my Lionel set stopped doing anything. After another couple of years of my cleaning and oiling and trying to get it to run, I broke down (pun intended) and took it to an authorized repair place. Remarkably affordable and fast - he fixed old Engine 671 and the transformer. So I brought back the milk car to see if he could get that working. That car has a place you insert 7 small aluminum milk cans, which are later delivered on a platform if you push a button. Over the years, I thought this train set - purchased by my father - was increasing in value. So I googled the Milk Car on Ebay. One in virtually mint condition - is going for $20. About half what the repair will cost me. I guess you can't put a price on sentimentality. So, to me, now - Neil's Flannel Shirts, even guitars owned by Dylan - to me, are only worth what the same flannel shirt would cost at Goodwill, or the J45 on Craigslist.

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