Fierce bidding for lots at classic earth mover sale

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FIERCE bidding by keen collectors meant even a seat fetched a top price at the sale of the late Peter Fordham’s collection.

The top bid at the Badwell Ash auction on Saturday was £114,000, which was well within the £110,000 to £130,000 expected for the William Allchin steam traction engine Royal Chester. The machine is famous as the subject of thousands of scale models.

Auctioneers Cheffins had feared the collection’s 300 farm implement seats might be hit by a drop in interest but said a Wm Storrie seat fetched a ‘remarkable’ £2,000 and many reached £600.

Mr Fordham started his career with Caterpillar earth movers and many classic models were in his collection. A DW15 tractor with scraper box started with a £10,000 bid and was knocked down for £28,500. A fully restored tracked D8 reached £27,000.

The collection’s other traction engine, an oil powered Walsh and Clark Victoria fetched £66,000.

Mr Fordham’s widow Jean said she will donate £3,400 from the sale to St Nicholas Hospice Care for support they gave Peter.