A 1904 Marklin model of London Underground's Holborn Station is expected to star at a major UK toy auction tomorrow (November 17).
Made for the British market, the ?�9,000 ($14,269) valued model is among several items selling in the last part of John Clibbon's tinplate toy railway collection.
It is regarded by a leading expert as the "the finest collection to come on the market for 10 years", according to the Bury Free Press.
The majority of the collection auctioned with excellent results in 1998, but following his death in 2008 Clibbon's family has decided to auction the standout pieces he had held on to.
Speaking of the Holborn Station model, Clibbon's widow, Meg, told the publication: "It's a gem, one of my husband's favourites. It has an up line and down line and a bridge that goes across."
The auction house's models department manager, Oliver Leggett, added: "You're talking about a model that's 100 years old yet in very good condition for its age."
Another 1904 Marklin-built station has a ?�5,000 ($7,927) high valuation, while two Marklin pre-1900 "American Eagle" passenger cars, produced for the US market, should also perform well, each arriving with ?�1,500 ($2,378) estimates.
We have seen strong performances for antique toys of late, particularly those by Germany's Marklin. In May a Marklin Providence set a new world record for a tin boat at auction, selling for $247,250.
An unused W. Britain toy airplane from the second world war sold for ?�10,000 ($15,969) earlier this month.
You can read our guide to collecting vintage train sets here.