As the Snow Flies, Auction Planning Begins

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My husband Keith and I have burrowed in like slugs. As the weather deteriorated so did our desire to be out in the elements, to travel in the elements, or to move; snug as a bug, and not wishing to head out into the below zero temperatures that Mother Nature has dealt us. We have, however, been perusing magazines, websites, and pictures of balmy places and planning trips, shows, and getaways.

Two of our favorite February destinations include St. Louis, Missouri, and the Gateway Mid-America Toy Show, followed a few weeks later by the Florida Flywheelers’ Antique Engine and Tractor Show in Avon Park.

Where do you like to head? Is it an indoor toy show or a winter collector show? Or do you head south to where the sun shines? If you want to head south for an auction, check out this Crenshaw Auction Co. sale!

Crenshaw Auction Co.—West Point, Mississippi

On Feb. 24, 2018, this farm auction offers an opportunity for antique tractors including a Farmall B and M, a hit-and-miss engine, a Fordson on steel, and a Farmall F-20. For more details, visit the website.

If you are looking for an overseas auction, this might fit the bill.

H.J. Pugh & Co.—Norfolk, England

On March 3, 2018, H.J. Pugh & Co., will auction off Malcolm Stammers’ tractor collection. The advertisement states that this retired businessman/farmer, “has decided it’s time to take life easier, and he has put his whole collection up for sale. Besides the Stammers Collection, others have also decided to downsize their collections and have entered tractors and machinery, as well.”

The sale was organized jointly by Tractor Mart’s Peter Love and Howard Pugh of H.J. Pugh & Co. Check out this ad to see some of the unusual tractors on the auction block.

J & C Auctions—Central Point, Oregon

If you are looking for Western-type items to add to your collection, this consignment farm and equipment auction on April 14, 2018, may be just the thing. J & C Auctions is having an unusual auction with three live rings. The auction includes construction equipment, antiques, implements, hay equipment, livestock equipment, nursery stock, saddles and antiques, and western memorabilia. Visit the website for more information.

While I am busy looking for places to go and things to do, this time of year, Keith buries himself in the shop working on projects. If you are a John Deere guy, this auction may help you find that part you are looking for!

Polk Auction Co.—New Paris, Indiana

On May 18, 2018, Polk Auction is having an auction of overstock John Deere tractor parts. On its website, Polk said that this auction is, “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy John Deere parts from the largest pre-1972 John Deere parts yard in the world.”

Visit the auction company’s website for details.

  This photo shows some of the pre-1972 John Deere parts to expect at the New Paris Tractor Parts Co. yard auction held by Polk.  Photo Polk Auction Co.

This photo shows some of the pre-1972 John Deere parts to expect at the New Paris Tractor Parts Co. yard auction held by Polk. Photo Polk Auction Co.

Aumann Auctions—Boone, Iowa

Aumann Auctions will be selling off rare tractors from the Eric and Carol Ziel collection on June 30, 2018. This auction includes tractors like the restored Minneapolis-Moline UDLX, which is one of 150 made. This is the auction for an M-M collector looking for the rare items. Included are an M-M NTX jeep, an M-M R cab, and an M-M military-type Z (which was an original U.S. Army Corps tractor), and many more M-M and other brand tractors.

For a more complete listing of the items being auctioned, visit Aumann’s website.

Mecum Auctions – Davenport, Iowa

Mecum Auctions’ Spring Classic auction on April 5–7, 2018, should prove to be a tractor enthusiast’s dream with over 400 tractors up on the block. Held at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center, this auction will have tractors and equipment from the collections of Tom O’Connor, Son Kehn, Jack Wiebe, Larry Lemmons and more. For more details, visit Mecum’s website.

  This 1968 International 1256 Turbo diesel tractor is one of over 400 tractor being auctioned by Mecum at the company's Spring Classic in Davenport, Iowa.  Photo Mecum Auctions

This 1968 International 1256 Turbo diesel tractor is one of over 400 tractor being auctioned by Mecum at the company's Spring Classic in Davenport, Iowa. Photo Mecum Auctions

Once the temperature warms up, we will hit the road and check out these and other great sales. Was your New Year’s resolution to add something to the collection or to find parts to finish a project? If so, plan ahead and go!

Put on your hat, gloves, and scarf, and head out! We hope to see you there!

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Cindy Ladage

Keith and Cindy Ladage collect antique tractors, toys, literature and memorabilia. Keith does the hunting and Cindy writes about their finds and those of other collectors along the way.