1001 North Webster Street Harrisburg, Illinois 62946
Dennis Wilson, auctioneer of Harris-burg, Illinois, continually brought the gavel down on items from Cecil Church's private collection of Dubuque tractors, memorabilia, and implements at this two-day auction. The March 24-25, 1995, weather was cool, but sunny, in southern Illinois as an estimated crowd of 700 enthusiastic collectors from 24 states and Canada watched with interest. The total sale brought 70% more than the highest expectation with the average prices as follows:
Average restored tractor selling price: $6,742.85.
Average crawler selling price: $10,000.00.
Average sign selling price: $614.00.
Average implements selling price: $585.00.
Average book or manual selling price: $56.75.
The auction commenced Friday evening at the Wilson Auction Center, where signs, manuals, and memorabilia were sold. The highlight of the evening was when the John Deere vertical, four-legged 'Quality Farm Equipment' mint condition sign topped off at $3300.00, after buyers thought it MIGHT sell for $1500.00!
Saturday morning the auction continued at Mr. Church's farm east of Harrisburg. The most memorable moment of that day and of the sale was when the auctioneer declared the 1918 Waterloo Boy 'SOLD' at $27,000.
This sale will long be a topic of conversation among collectors, and specific questions could be answered by calling Wilson Auction Company, Harrisburg, Illinois at (618) 252-1185.