Singer-songwriter Neil Young’s extensive collection of model trains have been sold for nearly $300,000 at auction, along with classic cars and musical equipment owned by the 72-year-old folk-rock icon.
Reuters reported that Young, a model train enthusiast for decades, offered more than 230 pieces at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles from his collection of Lionel trains, including a customized locomotive that sold for $10,000.
Several cars that Young owns were also sold. A 1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark went for $400,000, the auction house said.
Young, best known for his Woodstock-era songs as well as his work with the bands Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - has said the vast model train layouts at his California ranch helped him connect with his son Ben, who has cerebral palsy.
Other items auctioned off included some of Young’s guitars, amplifiers and microphones.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Bridge School in California, which Young’s ex-wife Pegi Young co-founded in 1986 for children with disabilities.