Bidding Frenzy at Unique Tractor and Engine Auction

An auction featuring unique tractors and antique gas pumps in Clio, Mich., drew quite a crowd

| January 2000

  • A 10-20 Titan and 10-20 Mogul drew strong interest.
    A 10-20 Titan and 10-20 Mogul drew strong interest.
    Photo by Bob Crowell
  • The scene at the overflow building. The auction was broadcast on big-screen monitors in two buildings to enhance viewing; bids were taken in the overflow building and relayed to the auctioneer.
    The scene at the overflow building. The auction was broadcast on big-screen monitors in two buildings to enhance viewing; bids were taken in the overflow building and relayed to the auctioneer.
    Photo by Bob Crowell
  • Loading the engines. Engines at the sale ran the range from
    Loading the engines. Engines at the sale ran the range from "mainstream John Deere to the more obscure engines, pretty rare finds," Jeff Doner said.
    Photo by Bob Crowell
  • The sale also featured petroleum collectibles, including more than 150 antique gas pumps, 75 antique globes and 150 signs.
    The sale also featured petroleum collectibles, including more than 150 antique gas pumps, 75 antique globes and 150 signs.
    Photo by Bob Crowell

  • A 10-20 Titan and 10-20 Mogul drew strong interest.
  • The scene at the overflow building. The auction was broadcast on big-screen monitors in two buildings to enhance viewing; bids were taken in the overflow building and relayed to the auctioneer.
  • Loading the engines. Engines at the sale ran the range from
  • The sale also featured petroleum collectibles, including more than 150 antique gas pumps, 75 antique globes and 150 signs.

A treasure trove of farm collectibles drew high prices when Bob Ogorek's collection of tractors and engines was sold in November in Clio, Mich. The three-day sale featured a diverse collection of antique tractors, stationary engines, antique gas pumps, globes, signs and other collectibles. 

Jeff Doner, real estate director with auction house Kruse International, said three factors generated a strong sale.

"This was a very big collection, and it was a no-reserve auction, and it was a varied collection," he said. "There were buyers there for anything and everything. Prices for signs and gas pumps and engines were just fantastic," he said.

When prices spike, he said, it has a lasting effect on buyers and sellers.



"It generates a lot of excitement, and gets more and more people interested. And the more interest there is, the harder this stuff is to find, and the price goes up more," he said. "It gets to be a self-fulfilling prophecy."

Some "very unique tractors" also got the crowd's attention.