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Steam engine model sold off

PUBLISHED: 14:51 30 March 2009 | UPDATED: 13:30 03 July 2010

A MODEL steam engine which was the pride and joy of a self-confessed Norfolk eccentric has fetched £2,550 at auction.

The engine which had belonged to William Sunderland was sold to a local man, a spokeswoman for Horner's Auctioneers said.

A MODEL steam engine which was the pride and joy of a self-confessed Norfolk eccentric has fetched £2,550 at auction.

The engine which had belonged to William Sunderland was sold to a local man, a spokeswoman for Horner's Auctioneers said.

After Mr Sunderland's death the engine had found a home in the conservatory of his daughter's bungalow in Mulbarton, near Norwich. But Susan Slaughter decided it deserved a more impressive billing and put it up for auction at Horner's collectors' sale in Acle on Saturday.

The engine - which can be powered by steam or electricity - was completed in 1978 and went on display for a time in the window of Cookes music shop in St Benedict's, Norwich.

It took Mr Sunderland two years to craft the engine, made out of brass and copper, and during his lifetime he turned down a bid for £3,000 from an American admirer because it was one of his prize possessions.

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