Historic locomotive, other treasures sold at Knott’s auction

BUENA PARK — When the final gavel fell on the auction for a wide variety of Knott’s Berry Farm relics and memorabilia, the total bids came to $788,892.

More than 400 people attended in person to bid on the more than 200 lots at the live auction held in the Charles M. Schulz Theatre on Friday at the farm, with more participants via phone and online.

The auction of the unique collection representing all 75 years of the farm and its Ghost Town included items like a steam locomotive that sold for more than $40,000.

Bill Butler, creative director of design for Garner Holt Productions of San Bernardino, bought the 1940 Jennie K Steam locomotive for the firm.

“How many little boys do you know that always in their whole life wanted to own a real locomotive?” he said.

Butler said he plans to bring the locomotive, which has been sitting on a spur of Knott’s Calico…

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