A large crowd of enthusiastic buyers resulted in some £420,000 changing hands at a vintage sale of more than 600 lots of historic machinery and rare items, at Harrogate.

The sale, staged through Cheffins, was topped at £17,490 by a 1949 Field Marshall series two contractors’ model which had seen only two owners from new. This was followed by a 1993 John Deere 2650 4wd tractor that made £15,105.

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Stationary engines peaked at £6600 for a 1910 Campbell 2.5 horsepower engine.

Bill King, chairman at Cheffins added: “It was great to be back at the Harrogate Vintage Sale following a break last year. We saw a quality entry, making this one of the best sales in recent memory as both buyers and sellers looked to make the most of this major auction."