Weather Finally Giving Us a Break!

 The weather has finally started cooperating with our auction schedule and that means that our phone has been ringing off the hook – both with sellers finally ready to book a date and potential buyers interested in some of the items that we have up for auction. But before I get to the upcoming sales that Dave has booked, let’s recap the last few sales!

Saturday, March 8 found us at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds for a nice household and tools auction – the sellers were retiring in their RV so they were definitely downsizing. The sale included a nice variety of household items and appliances including a Rainbow vacuum in like new condition that sold for $500. The collection of shop, power & automotive tools drew a nice crowd when they were sold in the second ring – this sale definitely had a little bit of something for everyone.

Our next sale was Saturday, March 22 on the Brunnert family farm just outside of Chain of Rocks. We gave out 318 numbers on Saturday and even though we sold a nice collection of antiques & collectibles along with some very nice household items, I think most buyers came out for the musical instruments, the tractors & farm equipment and, of course, the farm itself. What a combination! While an Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis violin that was made in Germany sold for $540 and a Fender Model F-240 A 6-string acoustic guitar sold for $450, the best item among the musical instruments was the 1963 Gibson electric guitar & hard case that sold for $2100! We had received calls from as far away as Oregon on this guitar but it stayed in the local community.

After selling the car, a 2009 Ford Fusion for $9,950, we moved onto the real estate. Tract #1 contained 129 acres m/l and included a 1 ½ story farmhouse, several outbuildings, milking barn with loafing sheds and a concrete silo with an automated feeding system. This tract sold for $6,300 per acre while Tract #2 (70 acres with 50 acres presently being farmed) sold for $5,500 per acre. Once the farm ground was sold, we moved on to the tractors and farm equipment. The 1974 John Deere 4230 Diesel tractor with a cab sold for $12,000! What a great way to end a great sale!

On Sunday, we headed to Foristell for an auction that included antiques & collectibles, household items (including some very nice, clean furniture), a variety of shop & woodworking tools and guess what? Another tractor! This must have been the weekend for tractors – this 1997 Ford New Holland 1630 FWD diesel tractor and front end loader sold for $12,500!

I mentioned in my last blog that we’ll be at the Lions Club in Wright City on Saturday, March 29 for a collection of 1950’s Pepsi-Cola and Gas Station Memorabilia. This sale also included a 1950 Plymouth Special Deluxe Coupe automobile. Please note that the sale bill is only a partial list of the items that was at this auction! And it will definitely included one of the largest collections of Pepsi-Cola memorabilia that we’ve seen in quite some time. This was definitely a fun auction!

We had an auction on Sunday, March 30 and one on Wednesday, April 2 as well. On Sunday, we wa in Frankford, MO for another farm sale that included two tracts of real estate. Tract #1 featured 173 acres m/l with approximately 70 tillable acres. Improvements include a 3-bedroom, 1-bath ranch home, a 30’ x 50’ steel frame unattached 3-car garage & shop and more! In addition to the real estate, we sold a 2010 Doo Little cargo trailer, a pocket knife collection, shop tools and some firearms. We sold a tractor and farm equipment after the real estate was sold.

Did I mention that we also hold several weekday sales? We was back at the Lions Club in Wright City on Wednesday, April 2 at 9:45 a.m. for a sale that included many pieces from World War II and the Korean War. We had some violins on the sale as well as oil paintings, prints and portraits and even a stamp collection. We sold in two rings part of the day.

On Saturday, April 5, we sold the former assets of Industrial Sheet Metal Erectors in St. Charles, MO. This sale included a boom lift, scissor lift, office equipment and furniture along with sheet metal fabrication and shop equipment.

As I’ve mentioned before, and I’m sure you’ve noticed, we sell in two rings at many of our auctions. Moral of the story? Bring a friend so you don’t miss any of the action! And to avoid missing any of our sales – check out the Upcoming Auctions tab on our web site at www.thornhillauction.com. The phones are busy and so are we! We hope to see you soon!

Lori Biehl
Clerk and Cashier

 

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