Top prices for Border models

'Where there's muck there's Money' a limited edition Border Fine Arts model which sold for �385.
'Where there's muck there's Money' a limited edition Border Fine Arts model which sold for �385.

Gisburn Auction Mart’s latest sale of collectable models with an agricultural theme drew a good crowd of keen bidders and saw prices peak at £700.

“Bringing in the Harvest”, a stunning limited edition Border Fine Arts model, topped the prices on the day. Issued in 2002 in a limited edition of 850, it features a Massey Ferguson tractor and combine modelled by Ray Ayres and was greatly admired by collectors and enthusiasts.

'Bringing in the Harvest'a limited edition Border Fine Arts model which sold for �700.

'Bringing in the Harvest'a limited edition Border Fine Arts model which sold for �700.

Border Fine Arts tractor models dominated the sale, with “Where There’s Muck There’s Money” – a very detailed piece featuring a Massey Ferguson tractor and rota spreader – again modelled by Ray Ayres in a limited edition of 1500, selling for £385. “At The Vintage”, a Fordson E27N Major pulling a Ransomes two furrow trailed plough, achieved £340 and “Golden Memories”, a classic society exclusive model, again modelled by Ray Ayres and depicting a young boy at the wheel of a tractor with his father loading posts, sold for £310.

An impressive model featuring a pair of working horses, “Steady As She Goes”, made by Country Artists sold for £380 to a Cumbrian collector.A wide variety of animal models created interest from livestock farmers, a British Blue cow and calf topped this section at £240, a Hereford Bull achieved £155 and a Swaledale ram sold for £130. A limited number of Beswick models were also forward. Topping this section was “Pinto”, a piebald pony, at £85, whilst an “Appaloosa Stallion”, retired from production in 1989, sold for £70.

Auctioneers were Richard Turner and Son.

‘Bringing in the Harvest’, a limited edition Border Fine Arts model which sold for £700.

‘Where there’s muck there’s Money’, a limited edition Border Fine Arts model which sold for £385.