Maybe you've watched the Mecum's auto auctions on television with shining collector cars and antique autos rolling across the auctioneer's block. A "Gone Farmin'" version of it wheeled through the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex at Harrisburg, Pa., on Aug. 1 with 107 tractors plus collector signs and clocks.
"This was Gone Farmin's first auction in Harrisburg, and we're pleased with the results," reports Dan Mecum, president and founder of Mecum Auctions' Gone Farmin' division. "The crowd brought a lot of energy which made for an exciting auction day."
Some 82 blue, red, green, gold, yellow and gray tractors and other collector items sold, generating $537,200. Top seller of the day was a 1972 John Deere 4000 Diesel that hammered at $36,000. It drew the hottest bidding because it's one of only 428 diesel powershift 4000s built.
Next came another green machine, a professionally restored 1971 John Deere 2020 pulling a top bid of $23,000. Another sale highlight, according to Gone Farmin' President Dan Mecum, was a 1953 Ford NAA Jubilee that sold for $18,000.
Oldest tractor sold on the block was a 1931 John Deere GPWT, a 10 hp, kerosene-fired two-banger going for $12,500. A 1921 Fordson had 10 years on the Deere. While it didn't bring the seller's wanted price, it went into the 'Bid Goes On', Mecum's post-sale platform where people can bid on items after the live auction.
Top ten tractors
The top 10 hammered prices for the Harrisburg auction were:
1. 1972 John Deere 4000D - $36,000
2. 1971 John Deere 4020 - $23,000
3. 1971 John Deere 2520 Gas Powershift - $22,000
4. 1970 Farmall 1026 MFWA - $20,000
5. 1953 Ford NAA Golden Jubilee - $18,000
6. 1952 Ford 8N 239 Ford Flathead - $16,000
7. 1957 Oliver Super 44 - $16,000
8. Farmall 1206 - $15,000
9. 1959 John Deere 830 Standard - $14,250
10. John Deere 435D - $13,500
Mecum Auction Company, headquartered in Walworth, Wis., now offers more than 15,000 vehicles – collector and vintage cars and motorcycles – plus tractors a year. The Gone Farmin' division was launched in 2010, and now holds four auctions a year. For more details, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050 for tractor consignments and bidder registration.
The next Gone Farmin' auction, the Iowa Premier, will be held Nov. 5-7 at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center in Davenport, Iowa. It'll featuring more than 300 tractors from across the country. Mecum adds that the event will highlight the Norm and Martha Huff Lifelong Collection including more than 200 oil- and petroleum-related signs and relics from more than 50 years of collecting.
A previous version of this story said the professionally restored 1971 John Deere 2020 sold for $123,000. The correct price was $23,000.