The Rivarossi Archive Auction

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The Rivarossi Archive Collection sales continues.....

A unique opportunity to purchase a piece of Rivarossi history.

Part Two 
Wednesday, 15th June 2022, 
SAS Special Auction Services,
Lot numbers 719 onwards, starting at 10am

Rails of Sheffield in conjunction with Special Auction Services, are delighted to bring one of the finest and most comprehensive single-brand model railway manufacturers archive collections to the market via a series of auctions throughout 2022/2023: that of Rivarossi of Italy. The first auction is took place mid April 2022, with part two now following on in June.

Founded in 1945 by Alessandro Rivarossi and Antonia Riva in Como, Italy, Rivarossi went on to become one of the most influential model railway brands of the second half of the 20th century. From the early use of Bakelite to the pioneering use of plastic mouldings, to the breakthrough into the American market with Associated Hobby Manufacturers in the 1950s and the later development of innovative electronics, the Rivarrossi brand prided itself in the production of high quality products that have a rightful place in model railway history.  

The archive, which originally was displayed in a museum in Como, Italy covers the full history of the company from the mid-1940s to 2003, with few exceptions. Starting with the Bakelite Electric Railcars from the 1940s the archive collection comprehensively covers the history of the brand both in Europe and America. Included are locomotives, coaches, wagons, accessories, marketing and factory material from pre-production, prototypes, trial models, special builds, special editions and stock items - the archive runs to many 1,000s of items.  

In a joint statement Rails of Sheffield and SAS commented - 'Bringing the Archive to the market via public auction gives the widest possible opportunity for as many people as possible to gain access to and to own part of such an outstanding and important archive and help secure the future memories of the Rivarossi brand'  

For more information regarding the auction please contact SAS Auctions 

The catalogue is available to view online now

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