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More Than 2,600 Bidders Participate in Ritchie Auction

Matt Heisel (L), used equipment manager of Erb Equipment, and Nick Nicholson of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers catch up during the sale.
The father and son team of Mike (L) and Trevar Vasquez look over the Cat dozer at the Dec. 19 sale.
Greis Trucking & Excavating’s Mark Mefford takes some note on the Cat excavators.
Ryan Schmitt (in cab) and his father Rick Schmitt of Nebcon Inc. get a little more hands-on out in the lot.
The guys of Gensini Excavating were out in full force for the St. Louis sale. (L-R) are Ralph Gensini, Brian Eitutis, Joe Gensini and Gene Gensini.
Aaron Draege of Draege Farms checks the gauges of this John Deere 225C excavator.
Wheeling and dealing via cell phone is Rolf Helland, president of Illinois Truck & Equipment Co., Morris, Ill.
James Meisenheimer of Meisenheimer Excavating checks the undercarriage of this Doosan DX140.
(L-R) are Jay Germann, used equipment manager of Roland Machinery Co., and Jim and Matt Burns of J P Burns Excavating.

More than 2,600 bidders participated online and in person at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers' multi-million dollar unreserved public equipment auction in St. Louis, Mo., on Dec. 19.

Bidders came from 50 countries, including 49 U.S. states. More than 84 percent of the equipment was sold to out-of-state buyers, from as far away as France, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. Online bidders purchased more than 41 percent of the equipment sold (by dollar value).

In total, close to 900 equipment items were sold in the auction, including crawler tractors, excavators, articulated dump trucks, skid steer loaders and more. For more information, please visit www.rbauction.com.