Realty & Auctioneers

Offices @ Manchester Livestock Auction
Manchester, Iowa
563 927-3660 (office)
563 920-0361 Marvin's Cell
563 920-2082 David's Cell



Auctions are our only business - -
One of the most important days in your financial life
deserves full time attention




A Little Of This & A Little Of That

     I was born in 1946 and am a 2nd generation auctioneer (my father Wesley started in the auction business in 1947).  I started my auction career in 1973 and as difficult as it is to believe I have been in the auction business longer than my father.

     In his early career in 1 section of land there could be as many as 8 to 10 farming families (farming 40 to 80 acres each).  Due to the vast numbers there could be 30 to 60 farm machinery auctions each year in just one county.  Today there may be 1 farming family living in 8 to 10 sections while the other houses & buildings have been sold to people working in town ..... or maybe even torn down.

     In my early career, let's say mid 1970's, there weren't as many family farms but it would still be normal each year from October to March to conduct 15 or 20 machinery auctions.  This was the time the "greatest generation" was retiring  ...... it was also the time we started losing many of the "greatest generation" which also made for some interesting auctions since many still had the possessions they started with because they were "keepers" unlike today's "throw it out society".

     In the mid 1970's through the mid perhaps late 1980's while in partnership with my father I can remember in the same calendar year having 17 auctions in 14 days ..... and in that same year going 59 days without an auction!  Go figure!

     On a slow day today (February 2019) I was looking through some of the items I've kept over the years and found this ad that ran in late August of 1978 that will show you what was happening early in my careeer - - - - and yes, that is me on the right and I would have been 32 years old!

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     My son David joined me in the auction business in 1994 and as we've fast forwarded many things have changed including what you're now doing as you read this ..... THE INTERNET.  It has brought the whole world to your front doorstep and has changed all phases of personal life and business.  Prior to the internet if you wanted to buy a VAC Case Tractor or a round oak table about the only time you could buy one was when your neighbor had an auction.  Today, you can go on line and probably find scores of them for sale.  I can remember the time when someone attended one of our auctions from 150 miles away ........... now we've sold items to people in New York!

       We've had the privilege to sell auctions for the best people in Northeast Iowa and over the years there have been many memorable auctions.  Several of those auctions happened prior to the internet - - as a matter of fact a great many of those memorable auctions took place prior to video recorders!!

       On October 1, 2011 we had the privilege of selling the Oliver tractor collection for Ed and Mary Ann Schulte.  Here's the You Tube links for that auction as recorded by our good friend Machinery Pete:
1963 Oliver Cockshutt Tractor

Other Oliver Tractors Sold That Same Day

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Providing National Exposure
Since 1947
     You may look at this page periodically and not see auctions listed.  That doesn't mean nothing is happening.  We're in the auction business full time including 70 + auctions annually at Manchester Livestock Auction and at various times of the year we're in the background preparing details of upcoming auctions.
We firmly believe in service.  We firmly believe a successful auction is planned not just hoped for.  We treat your auction as if it were our own giving attention to all the details while coordinating every phase with you .... after all we're your hired hands and you are our boss.
We have a proven track record with farm land and residential or commercial real estate and also personal property auctions.
Call us to set up and no obligation visit discussing our services and we'll gladly provide you with references so you can hear what our clients will say ..... not just what we say.
Marvin 563 920-0361
David 563 920-2082
Auction ... The Sound That Moves Millions .....
Both People & Dollars

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we'd be most happy to visit with you
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and let you decide.