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Ritchie Bros. sells more than $143M at Canada’s largest equipment auction

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April 28, 2014 by Staff Report

6,100 lots were sold at the Ritchie Bros. auction between April 23 and 25, 2014.

When Canadian contractors are spending big bucks on construction equipment—that bodes well for the economic strength of the industry.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers sold more than $143 million of trucks and heavy equipment in Edmonton, AB on April 23 – 25, 2014, making it the largest Canadian auction in company history.

Multiple other records were broken in the auction, including new global company records for online sales ($64+ million), total number of registered bidders (9,400+), number of online bidders (5,500+), total number of buyers (2,600+), number of online buyers (1,400+) and number of sellers (870+), as well as a new Canadian record for number of lots sold (6,000+). Bids were made in person at the Edmonton auction site, online in real time at www.rbauction.com and by proxy.

“As a Canadian company that has been holding auctions in Alberta since the 1960s, to hold an auction of this magnitude here is something very special, something we are very proud of,” said Jim Rotlisberger, regional sales manager, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers.

More than 9,400 bidders from 49 countries, including nine Canadian provinces and all three territories, as well as 46 U.S. states, registered to bid in person or online for the auction. More than $96 million of trucks and equipment was purchased by Alberta buyers, while participants from outside the province purchased $46+ million for 32 per cent of total gross auction proceeds. In addition, 5,500+ of the bidders participated online and purchased roughly $64 million of equipment online.

Equipment in the auction was sold for 870+ sellers and included 190+ excavators, 170+ compactors, 145+ crawler tractors, 80+ articulated dump trucks, 75+ loaders, 55+ agricultural tractors, 175+ truck tractors and all kinds of other equipment.


Gross Auction Proceeds – CA$143+ million

Amount sold to online bidders – CA$64+ million Total registered bidders (onsite and online total) – 9,400+ Unique registered online bidders – 5,500+ Total number of buyers – 2,600+

Total number of online buyers – 1,400+

Number of lots sold – 6,000+

Number of sellers – 870+

The Ritchie Bros. auction calendar currently features more than 85 unreserved public auctions worldwide, including the Company’s next unreserved public auction in Edmonton, AB, which is scheduled for June 11 – 12, 2014. Visit www.rbauction.com for a complete list of upcoming auctions.

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