Mecum’s Gone Farmin’ closes 2018 with $4.8-million Iowa auction

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Recent-vintage 8-wheel John Deere tops the Gone Farmin' auction, selling for $154,350 | Mecum Auctions photos

Mecum Auctions’ Gone Farmin’ division closed out its 2018 calendar with its recent Iowa Premier event, which posted a nearly 60 percent sell-through and more than $4.8 million in sales in Davenport, Iowa.

While the Gone Farmin’ sales usually feature vintage farm tractors, the top-seller this time was a 2008 John Deer 8530, an 8-wheeled machine that sold for $154,350 (prices reported include buyer’s fee).

Also selling for six-figure prices are a 1902 Case 9-horse traction engine tractor for $120,750 and a 1985 IHC 7488, also bringing $120,750.

1902 Case tractor drew a 6-figure price

Top-10 sales, Gone Farmin’ Davenport 2018

  1. 2008 John Deere 8530, $154,350
  2. 1902 Case 9-horse traction engine, $120,750
  3. 1985 IHC 7488, $120,750
  4. 1919 Waterloo Boy N, $78,750
  5. Sawyer-Massey 11-22, $73,500
  6. 1970 John Deere 4020 gas FWD standard, $58,800
  7. Avery 8-16, $55,650
  8. 1971 John Deere 2520, $53,550
  9. 1977 John Deere 4230 low-profile, $50,400
  10. 1928 Rumely S 30-60, $43,050

(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

The three-day auction also featured farm-related Road Art, with a John Deere smalt-painted sign selling for $77,880, a 72 x 48-inch Alliis-Chalmers neon sign going for $27,140 and a 30X 156 Packard sign brining $24,780.

1985 IHC machine shares second-highest price with more than century-old Case

Gone Farmin’s next sale is scheduled for March 28-30, again at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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