Eye historian’s documents expected to fetch thousands at auction

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Manuscripts and photographs from a well-respected historian described as one of the “leading authorities” on road steam engines are set to fetch thousands when they go under the hammer this month.

Michael R Lane, who lived in Eye and passed away last year at the age of 90, was widely known throughout the steam preservation world.

He 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, features 65 lots inlucing photo albums, manuscripts and technical drawings.

And when they go up for auction at the Cambridge Vintage Sale at the Machinery Saleground in Sutton, Ely, from 9am on Saturday, April 16, they are expected to sell for between £10,000 and £15,000.

The auction has been organised by auctioneers Cheffins.

It is a truly remarkable collection and we are expecting it to generate plenty of interest

Bill King

Director Bill King said: “Mr Lane was a truly prolific author.

“He was widely known throughout the road steam preservation world and one of the leading authorities within the UK.

“It is a truly remarkable collection and we are expecting it to generate plenty of interest.”

The sale is the largest auction of its type in the UK, and is expected to attract thousands of visitors from across the country.

More than 3,000 lots will go under the hammer, including historic steam engines dating back nearly 100 years, vintage tractors from the First World War and classic motorcycles that are some of the rarest in the country.

Mr King added: “The Cambridge Vintage Sale is our flagship event and one of the most enjoyable days in our calendar.

“It always draws a good crowd and we’re expecting to welcome thousands of visitors from across the country.

“We’ve had a bumper number of entries and we’re delighted with the quality and range of lots.

“There are some super examples that are certain to catch the eye. We’re looking forward to a busy day.”

For more information on the sale, visit www.cheffins.co.uk/vintage