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

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

2008 John Deere 8530 tops sale at $154,350

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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