London: The brass nameplate from a steam train called Manchester United has been sold for 40,000 pounds after originally being bought for just 15 pounds.
The nameplate was originally mounted on a locomotive which was built in 1937 but came out of service in 1960.
After avoiding the scrap-yard, it spent time in America before being bought on Satruday by a UK-based collector.
Auctioneers Sheffield Railwayana said the sale, at Derbyshire Cricket Ground, was "good in tough times".
"The nameplate is absolutely genuine and attractively restored and mounted on a hardwood board with brass ball attached and team colours painted onto wooden boards secured to the backboard also," the company had said earlier.
The nameplate was originally used by the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) company for a train which ran between London and Manchester.
There had been speculation the auction would set a new record for such an item but it fell some way short.