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The singer-songwriter sold more than 230 pieces from his collection, raising nearly $300 000 in the process.

Neil Young’s extraordinary personal collection of model trains, classic cars, guitars, recording gear, clothing and memorabilia was sold live and online by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles on December 9.

The singer-songwriter – a collector of rare model trains – sold more than 230 pieces from his collection, raising nearly $300 000 in the process.

According to a report from Reuters, Young’s recent appearance at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles helped him sell some of the rarest pieces in his collection, like a custom-painted Commodore Vanderbilt 4-6-4 locomotive, which sold for $10 000 (around R130 000).

Young’s 1953 Buick Code 76 Roadmaster Skylark convertible – complete with an embossed steering wheel hub that reads “Customized for Neil Young” – went for $400 000.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Bridge School in California, which was co-founded by Young’s ex-wife, Pegi Young, for children with disabilities.

Young started collecting model trains in the 1990s as a way of bonding with his son Ben, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy in 1978.

The pop legend, now 72, has twice been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

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