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Ritchie Bros. Sells Over $95M of Equipment in its Largest Texas Auction Ever

FORT WORTH, TX — Ritchie Bros. conducted its largest Texas auction ever, attracting 76 percent more bidders year over year and achieving $95 million in gross transaction value — surpassing its previous Texas sales record, set June 2020, by 17 percent.

The Fort Worth auction attracted a record 16,000-plus bidders from 79 countries. Approximately 83 percent of the equipment in the auction was sold to U.S. buyers, including 34 percent sold to Texas buyers, while international buyers from as far way as France, Ghana, and Vietnam purchased the remaining 17 percent.

"Our consignors are benefiting from robust equipment and truck demand we are helping drive in 2021," said Chuck Roberson, Regional Sales Manager, Ritchie Bros. "With all bidding online, demand has skyrocketed over the past year. Our Fort Worth auction last week saw online page views per lot increase 59 percent year over year, while watchlists per lot and PriorityBids increased 78 percent and 157 percent, respectively."

Equipment highlights in the Fort Worth auction included a 2015 Tadano GR1000XL-3 4x4x4 rough terrain crane that sold for $385,000 to an online buyer from Indonesia; a 2016 Caterpillar 349FL hydraulic excavator that sold for $245,000 to a buyer from Texas; and a 2018 Peterbilt 389 T/A sleeper truck tractor that sold for $124,000 to a buyer from Arizona.

"Even with all bidding online we still safely welcomed thousands of masked buyers onsite to inspect equipment in person prior to bidding," Roberson said. "We also sold more than 800 items last week with our Virtual Sales Option, as many consignors from outside the state were eager to be a part of the sale. Our auctions are becoming more digital and more convenient, resulting in more bidders and better returns for sellers."
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