Ever dreamed playing a guitar owned by Neil Young — or playing with his collection model trains? Now's your chance to make that dream a reality.
In a statement released Thursday (Nov. 2), the prolific folk rock singer-songwriter announced he'll be auctioning f a large portion his possessions that he's come to accumulate over the years, including his “personal collection model trains, classic cars, guitars, recording gear, clothing, memorabilia, and more.”
Some the highlights: a number model trains, including the Lionel Western Pacific “1954” Blue Feather Boxcar Factory Prototype (estimated to cost between $3,000 and $6,000); a custom-made 1953 Buick Roadmaster, body number one from the assembly line (total number models produced? 1,690) with a steering wheel hub that denotes “customized for Neil Young” (estimated between $200,000 $300,000); and a 1965 Gibson ES-345 left-handed electric guitar (estimated between $3,500 and $5,000).
Young is as much a model locomotive innovator as he is an accomplished musical artist. He is credited with inventing the CAB-1, the first truly user-friendly remote control in the toy train industry, and backed the creation the Trainmaster Command Control, which allows owners to run multiple trains at once. Beloved in the model train community for these contributions, Young is revered for his passion for model railroading, magnificent layouts and the Lionel company beginning in the early 1990s.
In a 2012 interview with David Letterman, Young discussed how his interest in model trains first began: “It's just relaxing. I was shopping once, Christmas shopping, back in 1977 or '78, maybe '76 … I was shopping for presents, and I found this huge Lionel thing, and it was like many thousands dollars. I thought, my goodness, this is very expensive. Being a rich hippie, I bought it immediately.”
When asked now why he's auctioning f so many prized possessions, Young said, “Collecting all these items have been my great joy. They have provided a source inspiration, fun and creativity throughout my life. Now it is time to share them with others in the world whom I hope will enjoy and love them as much as I have.”
All the items will be visible for public viewing at Julien’s Auctions Gallery in Los Angeles from Dec. 4-9, with the auction taking place both at the gallery and online on the 9th. Fans can register online to participate in the auction. A portion the proceeds will benefit the Bridge School in California.