Full steam ahead! Incredibly rare live steam model of Stephenson's Rocket locomotive sells for record breaking price on Catawiki

The exquisite model, built by John Maxwell Hemmens resides in Asnieres sur Seine in France and must be personally picked up due to its fragility and value.

Specialist auctioneer Jonathon Torode who commissioned the lot explains “John Hemmens traded as Precision Steam Models of York in the 1980s and produced hand built superbly engineered steam models, including the Rocket, all in strictly limited numbers. It is an incredibly rare to come across a model of this stature, hence its astonishing value.”

The model locomotive was sold on Europe's fastest growing online auction platform, Catawiki which specialises in the auctioning of over 30,000 special objects and collectables each week. The site, which uses 170 specialist auctioneers to curate its auctions, holds over 300 auctions a week showcasing lots across 80 categories, from classic cars, to film memorabilia and unique gemstones.

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