Antique Farm Equipment Auctions and Results

Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin' to Offer Extensive Collection of Museum-Quality John Deere Tractors

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More than 175 of the finest vintage John Deere tractors from the Ron Drosselmeyer Collection will be offered June 2-3 at Cam II Warehouse in Muscatine, Iowa.

Drosselmeyer’s notable assemblage of more than 175 tractors – most of which are beautifully restored – includes tractors from the 1950s and early ’60s, with a handful dating to the ’30s and ’40s. This extensive collection encompasses hi-crops, orchards and standards of all the various fuel types and much more. This will be Gone Farmin’s second on-site auction from a collector’s private storage and display space.

The anchor of this coveted collection is the awe-inspiring 1964 John Deere 8020 (Lot S8). This green giant was the first articulated 4-wheel-drive tractor produced by John Deere – a tractor ahead of its time. There were only 101 of these tractors built.

1964 John Deere 8020

1964 John Deere 8020 (Lot S8). Photos courtesy Mecum Auctions.

1960 John Deere 630

1960 John Deere 630 Standard All-Fuel (Lot S28).

Other notable tractors in the Drosselmeyer collection include the 1960 John Deere 630 Standard All-Fuel (Lot S28), which is one of only 14 built. The 1952 John Deere G Hi-Crop (Lot S11) is one of 235 built, and is an extremely desirable addition to any collection. The 1955 John Deere 40V All-Fuel (Lot F7) is one of only three built.

Most of the restoration work in this collection has been performed by Drosselmeyer’s longtime friend, Jeff McManus, who is also the collection curator. A lifelong collector of John Deere tractors, McManus has been restoring John Deere tractors since 1986.

1952 John Deere G

1952 John Deere G Hi-Crop All-Fuel (Lot S11).

1955 John Deere 40V

1955 John Deere 40V All-Fuel (Lot F7).

The auction is open to buyers and spectators. Doors open daily during the auction at 7 a.m. The auction begins at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 2, and 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 3. An auction preview will be held June 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information about this event, visit or call (262) 275-5050.

Mecum's Davenport, Iowa, Auction Top Sellers

1952 Farmall H

This 1952 Farmall H tractor sold for $40,000.

Mecum Auctions’ 4th Annual Iowa Premier auction held Nov. 7-9, 2015, in Davenport, Iowa, produced some stunning results. The two top-selling tractors were a 1952 Farmall H, which sold for $40,000, and a 1969 Oliver 2150, also drawing a top bid of $40,000.

The 1952 Farmall H was purchased by John Schier in 1953. John was a bachelor who lived with his sister on the 80 acre family farm south of Stillman Valley. John used it to cultivate his corn that year, and the following year rented his ground to the neighbor, but continued to live there until his death.

The previous owner had John's first International H. He told John when you get ready to sell this one please give me the first chance. In 1976 John gave the previous owner the chance to buy it and he did. It had been used for light jobs around the farm until 1990 when it was purchased by the current owner.

1969 Oliver 2150

Also selling for $40,000 was this 1969 Oliver 2150.

Highlights of the 1969 Oliver 2150:
• Serial no. 213991-665
• 2150 FWA HD
• 478 Hercules 131 hp Engine
• 215 hours
• 24.5p-32x10 K1 tires
• Final assembly line date 2/26/1969 Charles City, Iowa
• Ship date 5/15/1969 to Bakersfield, California
• Model 2150 is an extra heavy-duty four-wheel-drive tractor
• Front wheel spacers

Mecum's 2014 Gone Farmin' Vintage Tractor Auction

John Deere at Mecums 2014 

The Mecum Gone Farmin’ Iowa Premier in Davenport, Iowa, this past weekend was host to 287 tractors, of which 234 sold for an 82 percent sell-through rate and $2,073,653 in total sales.

Top sales included a 1959 John Deere 730 LPG Hi-Crop (Lot S40) from the LPG Collection that sold for $68,500. As one of only 28 produced, the tractor had been housed in a John Deere Museum and presented in excellent condition with its original and correct three point. The second-highest seller was a 1974 John Deere 6030 (Lot S48) that hammered at $44,000. Fresh from a complete restoration which included an engine overhaul and new tires, the tractor also featured custom fenders, an air ride seat, PTO and roll bar and canopy. Overall, the top sales were dominated by Deeres with only the number 10 spot bucking the trend with an Allis Chalmers D21 Series II (Lot F82) from the AJ Spiegel Collection that hammered at $25,000.

The complete top 10 sales list includes (all sales reflect hammer prices):

1. 1959 John Deere 730 LPG Hi-Crop (Lot S40) at $68,500
2. 1974 John Deere 6030 (Lot S48) at $44,000
3. 1983 John Deere 4050 (Lot S29) at $42,500
4. 1975 John Deere 6030 (Lot F49) at $32,500
5. 1957 John Deere 620 LPG Standard (Lot S43) at $32,000
6. John Deere 730 LP Standard (Lot S45) at $30,000
7. 1972 John Deere 3020 (Lot S57) at $27,500
8. John Deere 720 Diesel Standard (Lot S44) at $27,500
9. 1959 John Deere 530 LPG (Lot S41) at $27,000
10. Allis Chalmers D21 Series II (Lot F82) at $25,000

For access to complete auction results and other member benefits, sign up for the free InfoNet service offered at Mecum. The entire Gone Farmin’ Auction was filmed by RFD TV and will be broken into several original episodes which will broadcast every Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (all times central). Mecum’s next vintage tractor auction will be April 10-11, 2015 when the Gone Farmin’ team returns to the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport, Iowa, for the Spring Classic Auction. For more information or to consign a tractor visit Mecum, or call (262) 275-5050 to speak directly with a Mecum representative.

Allis Chalmers at Mecums 2014 Auction 

W. Yoder Auctions Signs & Salesman Sample Two-Day Auction Event

W. Yoder Auctions Signs & Salesman Sample Two-Day Auction Event was well received in Waverly, Iowa.

The temperatures were frigid outside, but inside the bidding was hot! Phone bidders and absentee bidders were assisted by auction staff. Many couldn’t make the trip due to the weather conditions. Despite that fact, there were 300+ bidders on the floor and 450 online bidders on two separate platforms.

Highlights of the sale were:

  • Deer Churn - $8,000.00
  • Hamilton Jones 12 Gallon Crock - $2,100.00
  • Port Washington Standing Churn - $1,600.00
  • Cast Iron JB Express Truck - $600.00
  • Pioneer Quality Hybrid Corn Double-Sided Sign - $1,200.00
  • Massey Harris Farm Equipment Neon Clock - $1,300.00
  • Aultman & Taylor Machinery Tin Sign - $2,000.00
  • Salesman Sample Wooden Farm Gate - $1,500.00
  • Super strength Salesman Sample Harness Display - $4,300.00
  • Dain/Pre-John Deere Salesman Sample Hay Mower - $14,500.00
  • Salesman Sample Horse Drawn Sickle Mower - $4,750.00
  • 6-Hole Hand Held Corn Sheller - $2,400.00
  • Blue Ribbon Polishes Tin Sign - $1,600.00
  • Salesman Sample Ice Box - $845.00
  • DeLaval Cream Separator Agency Cabinet - $875.00
  • Buddy L. Road Roller Toy - $1,800.00
  • Cast Iron mechanical Frog Bank - $2,700.00
  • Buddy L. Fire Truck Toy - $1,000.00
  • Sears Service Station Sign - $1,000.00

The next similar event will be March 21-22, 2014, at the W. Yoder Auction Center. W. Yoder Auctions is looking for good quality consignments of signs, salesman samples, country store items and advertising.

For more information, call (920) 787-5549 or (920) 295 -2644.

Jim Erdle's Legendary Antique Tractors Sold at Auction

Every once in while, maybe once in a lifetime, even priceless things are sold. Like the legendary tractor collection of 85-year-old Jim Erdle. Jim’s eye for rare and unique tractors has earned the respect of the masses over the years and allowed him to assemble one of the finest tractor collections of all time. But all good things must come to an end.

For many lucky buyers, however, this is the beginning of a dream come true. Aumann Auctions, Inc., a MarkNet Alliance member, had the honor of conducting the auction which included about 300 rare tractors Sept. 20-22, 2013, at Jim’s farm in Canandaigua, N.Y.

It must have been difficult for Jim to sell his life-long collection, but perhaps the unprecedented success of the auction helped to soften the blow. The main feature auction day was Saturday, Sept. 21, with over 150 of the rarest and most extraordinary tractors selling to buyers from all over the world. A Sandusky 15-35, one of only two known to exist, sold for $210,000.  A Stinson 18-36, one of three known to exist, sold for $125,000. But the real bombshell was a 1917 Flour City 40-70 which sold for $375,000.

“This is a mammoth deal for the tractor hobby,” says Kurt Aumann, CEO & President of Aumann Auctions. “There are things here that you’re going to have one opportunity to buy because they’re not out there anywhere else, so they’ll go off of the market after this auction for 20 to 30 years and that’ll be the next time they’ll come back to the market, so if you want it you have to buy it.”

Here are pictures of the 10 highest selling tractors from the main feature auction courtesy Aumann Auctions:

Flour City 
1917 Flour City 40-70 sold for $375,000. 

International Harvester 45 hp 
International Harvester 45 hp Mogul sold for $265,000. 

Sundusky 15-35 
Sandusky 15-35 sold for $210,000. 

Rumely Oil Pull 30-60
Rumely Oil Pull 30-60 Model E sold for $200,000. 

Rumely Oil Pull 15-30 
Rumely Oil Pull 15-30 F sold for $190,000. 

Plow Boy 10-20
Plow Boy 10-20 sold for $180,000. 

Nichols and Sheppard 25-50 
Nichols & Sheppard 25-50 sold for $175,000. 

Rumely 18-35 Road Roller 
Rumely 18-35 Road Roller sold for $160,000. 

Fairbanks-Morse 15-25 
Fairbanks Morse 15-25 sold for $160,000. 

1915 Hart-Parr 30-60 
1915 Hart-Parr 30-60 sold for $135,000. 

Aumann Auctions is a reputable leader of their industry and has been presented with over 80 awards for their advertising and marketing materials. To see more auction results, ask about selling your property or find out more about upcoming auctions, contact Aumann Auctions at (888) 282-8648, or visit