A Wellington farm dispersal sale saw a collection of vintage tractors and equipment sell for top prices on June 26.

The collection at Pinksmoor Farm belonged to Geoffrey and Karen Ash and was founded by Geoffrey's father, a man passionate about old machinery and known to be reluctant to throw anything away.

Stags Auctioneers report that the star lot was always going to be the 1947 Field Marshall Series 1 Tractor which was the last lot sold on the day.

The bidding started at £7,000 and quickly rose to finish at £10,500, bought by a purchaser from Saltash, who has always wanted to own a Field Marshall.

The crowd was silent and there were three phone builders from Bodmin, Reading and Oxford all trying to secure this excellent example.

Other highlights of the sale included the 1956 David Brown 2D tractor with inter roe hoe which was sold for £4,000 to a vegetable grower near Exeter.

It was going to be put back into work that very afternoon, the buyer said.

Having not worked for many, many years; the 1948 Case LA tractor met plenty of interest and sold for £2250.

There was a large array of vintage equipment on offer throughout the sale on behalf of the Ash family and highlights included £1100 for the Massey Harris 6B sunshine binder that was thought to be complete, a Dudhams 20-50 sign flew to £520, one of the four wheeled wagons sold to £450, the AA sign that was barely readable sold to £410 and a run of stationary engines topped at £210 for a Fowler engine in need of attention.

There was a decent line up of outside entries also which topped at £8,900 for a 1998 JCB Sitemaster 3CX digger being bought by a buyer from Wales, the 2010 Mitsubishi L200 double cab pick up made £3,300 going to a new home in Tavistock and the 1988 Benford 3T Dumper sold for £2800 to a purchaser in southern Ireland.