I know that a miniature model is not the same thing as a sculpture. Yet a model can be enjoyed on the same aesthetic wavelength as a sculpture, as one views the play of light and shadow revealing form and texture.
Not my boyhood train, believe me — above is a hand-finished model (1:32), made of brass by the German firm of Markscheffel & Lennartz of a class G12 engine originally built from 1917 to 1921. They ran until 1953 in West Germany and as late as 1968 in East Germany. The model's monetary value? Well, if you have to ask, it would max out your credit card and then some. But idn't it a beauty?