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Estate Auction Yields Rich Harvest

| December/January 1998

P.O. Box 384 Berea, Kentucky 40403

On July 10 and 11, 1998, the Beyer Auction Company of Hart, Michigan, held an auction for the estate of Myrle Gronso near Hesperia, Michigan. I had met Mr. Gronso at the Fremont, Michigan, tractor show a few years ago, and looked forward to speaking with him at shows in western Michigan. He was very sharp on old machinery and particularly on Model T Fords. He had amassed an overwhelming amount of goodies and almost all of it was very interesting stuff.

The first day of the auction saw a myriad of small items sold. Many shop items and huge amounts of Ford T parts were up for grabs. Lots of oilier, belt pulleys and engine related items were also sold. A Novo script tool box went for $100. A highlight on Friday was the sale of a rectangular Texaco oil can for $240. Prices ran the gamut and some bargains were had but a lot of the stuff seemed pricey. Most in attendance were amazed at the huge amount of stuff that was on the auction block and the sale went on until sunset.

The sale resumed at 10:00 a.m. Saturday with a two ring auction to sell off most remaining small items and parts. The big show kicked off at noon with antique cars. Spirits and prices were high, as enthusiastic bidding drove prices up. Many old timers stood in disbelief (and with hands firmly in pockets) as a 26 Ford TT truck in fair shape sold for $8,750. Some of the bidders were left scratching their heads as estate family bidding ran the sale price of a nice 29 Model A panel van up to $16,000.

Once the cars were sold, the real fun began with the sale of tractors and machinery. Prices were sporadic. A decent JD D on rubber went for $4,800, and a wooden Keystone thresher, 'The Champion No. 1,' brought a whopping $3,600. One Model T tractor conversion with an EZ Power pulley on front sold for the princely sum of $5,000, while a Cultor Model T tractor conversion only fetched $400. Go figure.

Some other tractor prices were as follows: AC G $2,000; MM 445 $1,850; Model T Doodlebug $600; IHC Cub $1,950; AC G $1,550; David Bradley garden tractors $95 to $200; David Bradley rider $400; Farmall Regular, stuck $450; Farmall F-20, parts tractor $90; Farmall F-14 $800; Farmall F'14, rough $350.


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