Gone Farmin’ auction hits 95 percent sell-through

Mecum’s vintage tractor sale exceeds $5 million in transactions

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This vintage Chevrolet 4x4 pickup truck was among the high-dollar sales at Mecum's Gone Farmin' event in Iowa | Mecum Auctions photos

With a 95 percent sell-through rate, Mecum Auctions 2020 Gone Farmin’ Spring Classic sale in Davenport, Iowa, exceeded $5 million in transactions June 17-20 for more than 1,300 lots of vintage tractors, trucks, signs and “farm relics.”

The high-dollar sale was $129,150 for a 1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX Comfortractor. Second place went to a 1969 John Deer 4520 at $78,750 (prices include buyer’s fee).

Also topping the $75,000 plateau were a 1951 Chevrolet Napco ¾ ton pickup truck at $75,900 and a 1911 Case 30 Horsepower steam traction-engine tractor at $75,600.

Among the “Road Art” consignments, a 1950s New Idea Farm Equipment double-sided porcelain neon sign brought $29,500.

Top-10 sales, Mecum Gone Farmin’ Davenport Iowa 2020

  1. 1938 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX Comfortractor, $129,150
  2. 1969 John Deere 4520, $78,750
  3. 1951 Chevrolet Napco ¾-ton pickup, $75,900
  4. 1911 Case 30 Horsepower Steam Traction Engine, $75,600
  5. 1921 Avery 25-50, $68,250
  6. 2001 John Deere 8410, $60,900
  7. 1964 John Deere 4020 Follmer Re-Power, $55,650
  8. 1964 John Deere 3020 Gas Orchard, $49,350
  9. 1963 John Deere 5010 Schrock Re-Power, $44,100
  10. 1978 Ford F250, $44,000

(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

Mecum Auctions Gone Farmin’ will stage its next sale November 18-21, with the location to be announced August 15. For more information, visit the Mecum website.


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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 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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