THE Bain Estate/Shire of Dumbleyung clearing sale at Dumbleyung last Thursday was labelled a success when 301 of the 303 lots on offer, at two sites, were snapped up by the more than 350 registered bidders at the sale conducted by Landmark Dumbleyung.
The highlight of the sale was the enormous interest shown in a 1971 Valiant Charger R/T with Landmark and the Shire of Dumbleyung receiving 168 inquiries Australia-wide about the vehicle.
A large number of prospective buyers were in attendance, as well as a number of phone bidders when the vehicle, the final item at the Dwelyerdine Road location, came up for auction.
Landmark auctioneer Peter Foley's request of an opening bid of $40,000 was not realised with further requests down to $20,000 not being taken up before he announced that there was a reserve on the vehicle and asked for a starting bid of $15,000 which was received.
Quick-fire bids saw the price increase in $500 increments before the vehicle was knocked down to a phone bidder from Carnarvon with the iconic Aussie vehicle selling for a sale topping price of $29,500.
A set of McDonald transportable sheepyards attracted a spirited bidding duel before selling to a top of $7000 going to a Williams buyer.
Other sheep-handling equipment that met solid competition included a mobile sheep dip making $2600, a number of aluminium sheepyard panels fetching $700 and a sheep race picked up for $300. A two-deck sheep crate made $700.
A BHB Autolight wool press made $800, a twin wool press went for $320 and two wool scales sold for $200 and $300 respectively.
Other items that sold well at the Dwelyerdine Road site were vintage dozers and tractors.
A 1950's Fowler crawler went for $2400 with an incomplete dozer making a mere $450.
A?Massey 65 made $2900 and a Massey Harris went for only $420.
A David Brown 2470 tractor made $1500 purchased by Simon Piggin, Capel.
The same purchaser was very active throughout the sale picking up another David Brown for $500, a John Deere with duals for $1150 and a MF65 for $1200.
Mr Piggin was also on the lookout for trucks grabbing a Ford 700 model for $450, a Bedford truck and trailer for $1200 before rounding out his purchases paying $2900 for a Volvo truck and 24ft grain trailer.
A David Brown 995 tractor made a healthy $4600, while a British Leyland 285 tractor attracted a winning bid of $2600.
Another big buyer at the sale was J & P Group, which bought Fowler dozer for $2000, a Bedford truck with bin for $370, a Massey Harris tractor 55K for $700 and a Massey tractor, fit only for wrecking, for $200.
They also grabbed an old dismantled dozer for $500 and a Shearer Lifetyne combine for just $10.
An International C1800 with a 4500 litre Fibre Furn tank with Davey pump was picked up for $300, while a Case David Brown Traction King tractor with front and rear duals realised $1500 from the same buyer, also picking up another tractor, an International 1466 for $500.
J & P Group also picked up a couple of old International L-180 Series trucks for $300 and $200 towards the end of the day.
They rounded out their purchasing spree parting with $2100 for a Jeep J20 ute with spray tank and pump.
An Isuzu JCB truck with 20ft tray made $1100 with an old Austin truck gaining $360.
A 2002 Mazda Bravo dual cab tray ute in running order realised $2000, a licensed 2000 Toyota Avalon Conquest also making $2000 and a 1997 Mazda Bravo B2500 adding $600 to the sales total.
An old XL Falcon sedan, either for wrecking or restoration, was knocked down for $800 to a local buyer while a LWB Landrover sold for $360 going to a Narrogin-based buyer.
Two low kilometre motorcycles, a Honda 185XL with two kilometres on the clock made $850, while a Yamaha Ag 100 with six kilometres on the dial went for $1000.
A number of augers went from as little as $5 up to $2800 to four separate buyers.
Overhead fuel tanks were in demand with two selling for a low $20 with others making $50, $80 and $275.
An 8.4t Sherwell seed silo made $2200 while an enclosed generator went for $2100.
Sundry items were numerous and varied with a vintage Singer sewing machine attracting a top bid of $220, bought by Danelle Murray, Tincurrin, a Philips radiogram for $220, a metal meat safe for $60 and a whopping $620 was paid for a Metters copper snapped up by Jamie Perry, Copley.
A Manning Maxwell and Moore antique lathe made $210 while an electric driven metal lathe netted $200 and a hobby lathe went for $180.
The final item of the day from outside vendor MJ & SP Shaylor, a 30 metre Jenell 3800 litre boomspray was snared with a single bid by Ryan Taylor, Kukerin for $20,000.
At the conclusion of the sale, Landmark auctioneer Peter Foley said it was an outstanding sale and it was a pleasure to see the old gear that normally would not sell being sold.
The unique aspect of this sale is the legacy it will leave, with the proceeds going to the Shire of Dumbleyung, left to the local municipality by the last surviving of three brothers, Ian, who passed away in 2013.