Ritchie Bros.' Largest-Ever Lethbridge Auction

Records were smashed in Lethbridge last week, as Ritchie Bros. sold CA$24+ million (US$18+ million) of equipment in two days.

📅   Mon July 25, 2016 - National Edition
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Ritchie Bros. sold CA$24+ million of equipment and trucks at its largest-ever Lethbridge, AB auction last week (CNW Group/Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
Ritchie Bros. sold CA$24+ million of equipment and trucks at its largest-ever Lethbridge, AB auction last week (CNW Group/Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

Records were smashed in Lethbridge last week, as Ritchie Bros. sold CA$24+ million (US$18+ million) of equipment in two days—with 67 percent (CA$16+ million) selling to online buyers. Traditionally the company's southern Alberta site has focused on agriculture auctions, but this month's sale featured more construction and transportation assets than ever before, resulting in more choice and bigger crowds on auction day.

On July 21 - 22, 2016, Ritchie Bros. sold 1,600+ equipment items and trucks at its largest-ever Lethbridge auction. More than 3,250 people from 32 countries registered to bid. Out-of-province buyers from as far away as Quebec, Texas and Australia purchased 31 percent of the equipment. Every item was sold without minimum bids or reserve prices

"It's clear from the number of bidders we had onsite and online that our customers appreciated the increased variety and selection of equipment in this auction," said Simon Wallan, Vice President, Ritchie Bros. "We sold hundreds of agricultural equipment items, but this auction helped us showcase our ability to sell equipment for every sector here in Lethbridge. We would like to thank all of our consignors, bidders and buyers and look forward to seeing them again at our next auction here in November."

Ritchie Bros. sold equipment for 240+ companies in last week's auction, including a complete dispersal for Calgary area farmer George Jackson and a major realignment for Omega Transport Services of Brooks, AB.

"Ritchie Bros. took care of everything," said George Jackson. "I sold 162 items in the auction—big items and small pieces. I brought it all down from my farm just east of Calgary because I knew at the end of the auction, when I leave here, I will have nothing left to deal with. This was my first time selling with Ritchie Bros. It was a very good experience."

AUCTION QUICK FACTS: LETHBRIDGE, AB (JULY 21 – 22, 2016)

• Total Gross Auction Proceeds – CA$24+ million (US$18+ million) *New site record

• Amount sold to online bidders – CA$16+ million (US$12+ million) *New site record

• Total registered bidders (in person and online) – 3,250+ *New site record

• Registered online bidders – 2,250+ *New site record

• Total lots sold – 1,600+ *New site record

• Number of sellers – 240+ *New site record

Ritchie Bros. will hold a number of auctions in Alberta over the next few months, including Grande Prairie (July 28) and Edmonton (Sept. 7-9), as well as four on-the-farm auctions in early August in Grimshaw (Aug. 3), Elmworth (Aug. 4), Valleyview (Aug. 5), and Peace River (Aug. 9). The next Lethbridge auction will be held on November 15—to sell equipment in the auction contact the site at +1.403.327.4933. Visit rbauction.com for full auction and equipment details.