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Ritchie Holds Largest-Ever Auction in Hartford, Conn.

Fri May 06, 2011 - Northeast Edition
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Bob Cairns of George Cairns & Sons, Windham, N.H., took a break from his job as a heavy highway contractor to attend the Ritchie Bros. sale.
Bob Cairns of George Cairns & Sons, Windham, N.H., took a break from his job as a heavy highway contractor to attend the Ritchie Bros. sale.
Bob Cairns of George Cairns & Sons, Windham, N.H., took a break from his job as a heavy highway contractor to attend the Ritchie Bros. sale. The Ritchie Bros. auctioneer truck was brought on-site to finish the sale for the equipment not bid on from auction ramp. The auction took place on a beautiful spring day and Skip Phelps of Phelps Inc., South Yarmouth, Mass., was able to enjoy the sunshine a bit as he shopped for various pieces of equipment. Steve Surveski (L), owner of Surveski Excavating and Trucking, Southington, Conn., stopped for a photo-op with Frank Colasuonno of J.P.F. Transport, Somers, N.Y. Travis Steiner (L) and Adam Byrne, bid catchers of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, were hard at work searching the large crowd for the highest bidder. A 2008 Link-Belt 298HSL 230-ton (209 t) crawler crane leads the way to a bevy of cranes on display for sale at the auction. Bidders gather around the trailers as they anxiously wait to place their winning bids. The unreserved public auction provided prospective buyers with a large number of equipment for sale, including these 25 hydraulic excavators. Jack Whyte of Beck Equipment, Preble, N.Y., attended the Ritchie Bros. auction on April 14. Stafford, Conn., residents Jeff Casati (L) and Everett Bradway of Bradway Excavation both worked at the Ritchie Bros. sale, driving the heavy equipment across the ramp for eager bidders. These equipment buyers from Granby, Mass., attended the Ritchie Bros. sale in hopes of adding equipment to their fleets. (L-R): Leo Fugler of Leo Fugler Excavating; Leo Fugler III and Josh Fugler of Leo Fugler Trucking; and Mike Bogdanovich of F&M Landsca Oliver Boisvert (L) and Rene Paquin of Gelco Construction are bridge and general contractors from Montreal, Canada. Industry professionals from all over the United States and beyond were in attendance at the Ritchie Bros. auction in Stafford Springs, Conn., (L-R) including Randall Sanderson of T-Quip Sales and Rentals, Londonderry, N.H.; Tim Crean of Crean Equipment, R

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers held its largest unreserved Hartford, Conn., auction to date in terms of gross auction proceeds, number of total bidders and number of online bidders, on April 14.

In total, more than 1,100 bidders from 30 countries, including 48 U.S. states and nine Canadian provinces, registered to participate in the auction, of which more than 680 people bid online. Approximately 95 percent of the equipment was sold to out-of-state buyers from as far away as United Arab Emirates, Peru, Vietnam and the United Kingdom.

The auction featured more than 700 equipment items and trucks, including more than 30 hydraulic excavators, more than 35 crawler tractors, more than 25 skid steer loaders, more than 25 wheel loaders, cranes, loader backhoes, truck tractors and more.