Knowl Hill steam engine auction raises more than £1.5 million

Will Taylor

Will Taylor

Knowl Hill steam engine auction raises more than £1.5 million

A steam engine auction raised more than £1.5 million by selling about 600 lots, including old tractors, vintage cars and train memorabilia, on Saturday, May 14.

More than 1,500 people attended the auction at The Yard in Warren Row Road, Knowl Hill.

The collection was put together by the late John Keeley, a businessman who collected motorbikes, cars, bicycles and commercial vehicles.

Bill King, of auctioneers Cheffins, said: “We were extremely privileged to have been instructed to sell what was a fantastic collection.

“It was amassed over the years with much care and attention to detail – with many of the lots untouched and highly original.”

From 1970, Mr Keeley displayed his collection every August, in an event that grew to be known as the Knowl Hill Steam and Country Show.

He died in 1999 and the show continued until 2004, with the blessing of his wife, May.

After she died in April last year, the administrators instructed that the collection be sold on.

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