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.
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.