Springing Into Auction Season!

Spring has finally arrived, the trees and flowers are starting to bloom and we couldn’t be busier! Our auction calendar is full and we continue to have incredible sales!

Pepsi-Cola collectors came out for the sale on Saturday, March 29 along with buyers interested in the 1950 Plymouth Special Deluxe Coupe. In addition to the car, which sold for $8700, other highlights of the sale included a Route 66 neon sign that sold for $210, a Pepsi-Cola Cold Drink neon sign that sold for $180, a Pepsi/Lays neon sign that sold for $210 and a Pepsi cup neon sign that sold for $250. Pepsi-Cola coolers were also popular items – a 1960’s soda cooler sold for $120, a 1960’s electric soda box sold for $125, and a 1940’s Drink Pepsi-Cola ice cold soda dispenser sold for $470. Pepsi wasn’t the only soda represented at this sale – a 1950’s Drink 7-Up electric soda box with a Pepsi tin plate & bottle cap catcher sold for $190. An extensive train collection sold along with a nice collection of antiques & collectibles.

Sunday, March 30th, took us to Frankford, MO for a sale including real estate, tractor & farm equipment, firearms, shop tools and a cargo trailer. The Allis Chalmers D-17 gas tractor sold for $3600 while a Woods 8 ft. 3-pt. adjustable blade sold for $410. The highlight of the firearms sale was a brand new Hi-Point Model C9 9mm Luger that sold for $365!

We headed back to the Wright City Lions Club on Wednesday, April 2 for a full day of selling. This sale included a nice collection of World War II & Korean War memorabilia. Two “Let’s All Fight – Buy War Bonds” posters brought $300 each while other war bond posters brought from $150 to $210! A steam engine built by German prisoners in a WWII camp and given as a gift sold for $525. A Lionel Lines large scale #384-E-Bild-A-Loco locomotive engine sold for $350 while a 1920’s baseball glove sold for $200. Oil paintings and tin signs were also popular – a tin advertising sign (For Goodness Sake – Eat Mothers Bread) sold for $225 and a 28” x 42” oil on canvas of Longfellow’s Home Washington’s headquarters at Cambridge sold for $450!

Sometimes we are asked to sell items from a business – and that is what we did on Saturday, April 5th in St. Charles, MO. The equipment and inventory of Industrial Sheet Metal Erectors drew buyers looking for equipment, inventory and office supplies. Highlights included an upright SB60 diesel boom lift that sold for $10,000 and a 2007 Ras Turbobend Plus metal folding system that sold for $18,000!

We headed up Highway 61 to Palmyra on Saturday, April 12 for a nice sale of antiques & collectibles, a pickup truck and a motorhome. We blocked off the street and had a party…at least that’s what it felt like! The weather was great and the auction included a cast iron #4 dinner bell & yoke dated 1886 that sold for $450, a 1950’s Montgomery Ward bicycle that sold for $100 and a very old minnow bucket that sold for $225! Another highlight was the sale of a handmade drop-front desk that sold for $420! The motorhome and pickup truck also found new homes and owners that day.

New Florence, MO was the sight of the auction on Saturday, April 19 and even though it was a shorter sale than normal, it had a line of farm equipment that made it worth the trip. We sold 2 Unverferth #235 gravity flow wagons – one sold for $4900 and the other sold for $4100. The 2004 Hardi Navigator 550 Gallon pull-type sprayer sold for $9800, the IH 496 hydraulic fold 18 ft. wheel disk with Buster Bar harrow sold for $10,750 and the 18 ft. hydraulic fold Landoll Tilloll sold for $13,500. However, the highlight of the sale was obviously the 2010 John Deere 9450 Diesel Combine, platform and a Killbros head mover that sold for $93,900! What a day!

So where do we go from there? On Wednesday, April 23rd, we will be in St. Peters, MO selling a nice line of photography equipment, props and backdrops along with a collection of western & cowboy memorabilia. In addition to the household items and Fender Model F-3 guitar, we will also be offering the real estate. The real estate consists of a 3-bedroom ranch home with attached garage that is located in the Fort Zumwalt School District. If you are a photographer looking to set up a studio or are looking for a starter or retirement home, this is the sale for you.

On Friday, April 25th and Saturday, April 26th, we head to Pershall Rd. in St. Louis for a 2-day sale. We have a partial list of items to be sold but to determine the items to be sold each day, please check out the sale bill at www.thornhillauction.com. You will also find the approximate times that items will be sold. This sale will include everything from firearms to Precious Moments to antiques to blacksmith tools – this is one you won’t want to miss!

Real estate in St. Peters is again a main item on the sale for Sunday, April 27th. This piece of real estate features 3.18 acres m/l in unincorporated St. Charles County with a 1,936 sq. ft. home with 5 bedrooms, 4 ½ baths with full walkout basement. Prior to selling the real estate, we will sell some household items along with some lawn, garden & sod equipment. If you miss getting the house on Wednesday’s sale, this could always be Plan B for you!

On Saturday, May 3rd, we will once again be at Ultimate Defense Firearms in St. Peters. Please note that Ultimate Defense is NOT going out of business. Each year, they replace all their firearms so this sale will be to liquidate their current firearms inventory. There will also be several consigned firearms but the total sale will not exceed 400 firearms. For an updated list of firearms to be sold and other information pertaining to this sale, please check out the sale bill at www.thornhillauction.com

If you are looking for a piece of real estate that is set up for horses, you’ll want to be sure and check out the sale on Sunday, May 4. Located near Winfield, MO, this piece of real estate features a 7-bedroom cedar framed home on 30 acres. You will also find a 60’ x 100’ 5-stall horse barn, a 50’ x 60’ indoor riding arena, outdoor riding ring and pond. The auction will also include a Massey Ferguson 50 gas tractor, farm supplies & shop tools, prints, a doll collection, and even a few pieces of Cybis porcelain! We may sell in two rings part of the day so come prepared!

Our sale on Wednesday, May 7th will be near Curryville, MO for a gentleman that had auction fever. We may again be selling in two rings as the buildings are full! This sale includes everything from tractors to farm equipment to portable buildings and a collector’s pickup. You will also find a hit & miss engine, arrowheads, woodworking tools and a backhoe. The partial list of items available can be found on our web site at www.thornhillauction.com so be sure and check it out!

As you can see, we have some great auctions in the next couple of weeks. You’ve been cooped up all winter because of the weather – now it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy the day with us! See you soon!

Lori Biehl
Clerk and Cashier

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