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Ritchie Bros.' Chicago Auction Attracts Bidders Worldwide

Wed June 26, 2019 - Midwest Edition #13
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More than 3,700 bidders participated online and in person at Ritchie Bros.' multi-million-dollar unreserved public equipment auction in the Chicago area on June 20, 2019.

With bidders from 45 countries, approximately 67 percent of the equipment in the auction was sold to out-of-state buyers from as far away as India, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. Online bidders purchased approximately 69 percent of the equipment sold (by dollar value).

More than 2,100 equipment items and trucks were sold in the auction, including excavators, loaders, dozers, cranes, truck tractors and more. All items were sold without minimum bids or reserve prices.

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A Volvo A40 articulated truck goes over the auction ramp.
A Volvo A40 articulated truck goes over the auction ramp.

(L — R) Mike Dahlen, VP operations, and John Hofmeyer, director of rental operations construction group, both of Alta Equipment Company
(L — R) Mike Dahlen, VP operations, and John Hofmeyer, director of rental operations construction group, both of Alta Equipment Company

Jay Germann, used equipment manager of Roland Machinery Co., is a well-traveled auction goer.
Jay Germann, used equipment manager of Roland Machinery Co., is a well-traveled auction goer.

Rob and John Wellach of R.J.Wellach look over the iron at the June 20, 2019, auction in Morris, Ill.
Rob and John Wellach of R.J.Wellach look over the iron at the June 20, 2019, auction in Morris, Ill.

Jarrod Lunsford and Jason Grace of Grace Farms take a look at some of the farm equipment.
Jarrod Lunsford and Jason Grace of Grace Farms take a look at some of the farm equipment.

Doug Evely of Evely Constructions and Andrew Garcia of Garcia Contracting compare some notes at the auction.
Doug Evely of Evely Constructions and Andrew Garcia of Garcia Contracting compare some notes at the auction.

Glenn Rodd of Thatcher Foundations, Charles Hester of Aldridge Electric and Mike Wysockey of Thatcher Foundations look over the vertical drill rigs.
Glenn Rodd of Thatcher Foundations, Charles Hester of Aldridge Electric and Mike Wysockey of Thatcher Foundations look over the vertical drill rigs.

The sale included a wide range of vertical drill rigs.
The sale included a wide range of vertical drill rigs.

The father and son team of Dwaine and Sawyer of Burken Underground check out this Vermeer vacuum.
The father and son team of Dwaine and Sawyer of Burken Underground check out this Vermeer vacuum.

Doug Eakins of D.S. Eakins checks over this Eagle 1600 crushing plant.
Doug Eakins of D.S. Eakins checks over this Eagle 1600 crushing plant.

Alan Johnson, area manager of Howell Tractor & Equipment,waits for the bidding to start on the  drill rigs.
Alan Johnson, area manager of Howell Tractor & Equipment,waits for the bidding to start on the drill rigs.