Märklin Central-Bahnhof (Central Station), €34,000 (£30,360) at Lankes.

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Numerous lots went for way more than was expected.

As was to be expected, many of the most sought-after pieces were made by Märklin, among them a highly detailed Central-Bahnhof (Central Station) with ticket office, waiting room and left-luggage counter, which rose from €9500 to €34,000 (£30,360).

Considerable interest  at the auction on January 20 emerged for an unusual mountain landscape with bridges and tunnels, fitted for an O Gauge electrified rack-railway. There were several bidders on hand with enough space to house the 6ft (1.82m) wide model; they pushed the price to €26,000 (£23,215), more than two and a half times the guide.

A rare O Gauge freight car for the US market with the logo of the Schlitz Brewery, ‘the beer that made Milwaukee famous’, changed hands for €22,000 (£19,640), over four times the estimate.