Eye historian’s collection fetches more than £10,000

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Photos and manuscripts of a late Eye historian have fetched more than £10,000 at auction.

Michael R Lane, who passed away last year at the age of 90, was one of the leading authorities on the history of road steam engines.

The prolific author was widely known throughout the steam preservation world and was an honorary life member of the National Traction Engine Trust, The Road Locomotive Society, The Steam Plough Club and The Rolls Royce Heritage Trust.

The second part of his collection of archive and historically important steam literature - which featured 65 lots including photo albums, manuscripts and technical drawings – fetched more than £10,000 at auction.

It was sold as part of the Cambridge Vintage Sale, organised by local auctioneers Cheffins.

Auctioneer Oliver Godfrey said: “It was a tremendous collection and quite unprecedented.

“We knew that there would be a lot of interest but obviously you are never 100% sure until the day of the sale.”

The auction, which took place near Ely on Saturday, is the largest vintage sale in the UK and fetched in excess of £1million.

More than 3,000 lots went under the hammer at the event, including historic steam engines dating back nearly 100 years and vintage tractors from the First World War.