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Machinery Pete

RSS By: Greg Peterson,

Learn how to better manage your machinery investments from Greg Peterson, a.k.a. "Machinery Pete." He's been researching and analyzing machinery auction prices for more than 20 years.

2-Year Old Auctioneer

Sep 01, 2013

The auction biz is in the blood.

I've been covering the farm machinery auction scene now for almost 24 years. I've seen tons of great auctioneers do their thing from coast to coast. Each has their own unique style. I've seen slow paced auction chants. I've seen fast paced. I've seen and heard southern drawls, northeastern accents, I've heard auction calls from the plains of Kansas back home here to Minnesota.

The one common denominator? Every auctioneer LOVES what they do.

One last distinction I've enjoyed over the years covering auctions....the age of the auctioneer. Last December (12/12/12) I dropped in on a nice farm estate auction in northern Illinois, a sale by my friend Gordon Stade with Gordon Stade Auctions. Just a pleasure to hear Gordon call a sale. Oh, did I mention...Gordon is now 80+ years old? Yep, but sharp as a tack and his sales move at a cracklin pace. Gordon is a great auctioneer.

I've run across tons of fantastic young auctioneers too, although I think I just found the youngest: 2-year old Barrett Polk of New Paris, IN. Barrett is the son of auctioneer Jeff Polk with Polk Auction Company and the grandson of legendary auctioneer Dennis Polk. I bumped into Dennis out on the auction trail 2 weeks ago and he sent me this video of 2-year old grandson Barrett grabbing the mic from dad Jeff:

Young Barrett has it down..."Going once, going twice...SOLD!" then grab and show the bidding No. Beautiful job Barrett. Just keep on watching and learning from dad Jeff and grandpa Denny. Who knows, maybe 80 years from now in the year 2093 Barrett Polk will still be calling auctions?

The auction's in the blood.


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