LOS ANGELES _ Cars and other items from rocker Neil Young’s collection will close out the Julien’s 2017 season Dec. 9 in Los Angeles and live online. The event will feature the singer/songwriter’s personal collection of model trains, classic cars, guitars, recording gear, clothing, memorabilia and more.
Julien’s Auctions will present more than 230 items from Young’s vast collection of Lionel trains. Included are dozens of rare and unique items such as prototypes for Lionel production locomotives and rolling stock, many of them from the Lionel Archives; prototypes for Young’s RailSounds and Trainmaster inventions for Lionel, and several one-of-a-kind Lionel products featuring hallmarks of Neil Young including his name, his home Broken Arrow Ranch and his record company, Vapor Records. Many of these items have been run on his monumental Broken Arrow Ranch model train layout that he built with his son, Ben Young. He designed train control devices for Ben, who has cerebral palsy, and others with disabilities.
Highlights from the collection include a 1948 Buick Roadmaster Hearse built by Flxible identical to the one used by Young and his band, The Squires, to haul their equipment to gigs in the early 1960’s, decorated with backstage passes and bumper stickers and served as the theme of Young’s song, “Long May You Run;” A body No. 1 first in production 1953 Buick Roadmaster code 76X Skylark convertible, body No. 1 from the assembly line (total production 1,690) with a steering wheel hub that denotes “customized for Neil Young” and a 1941 Chrysler Series 28 Windsor Highlander 2-Door 3-Person Coupe which according to Young, was once owned by actor Steve McQueen.
Several of Young’s guitars, recording equipment and instruments will also be offered.