A few antique models from Ford’s descendants

The Collection of Mrs Henry Ford II: Palm Beach goes under the hammer in New York this week

A pair of Queen Anne candlesticks are expected to fetch $4,000-$6,000

Before Henry Ford came along, only the rich could purchase an automobile. His mission in life was to manufacture a car that everyone could afford. He called it the Model T, and it made him the most successful industrialist of his day.

Ford is often quoted as saying that “any colour will do, as long as it’s black” – black enamel was the only colour that would dry fast enough for his assembly line methods, ...