Ritchie Bros. Sells More Than $57MM of Equipment in Houston, Breaks Site Bidder Record


This week in Houston, Ritchie Bros. sold more than 5,300 equipment items and trucks for more than $57 million, setting new site records for total gross transactional value for an August auction and total number of registered bidders.

The August 25 – 26 Houston auction, which was conducted with online-bidding only, attracted more than 11,100 registered bidders from more than 60 countries. U.S. buyers purchased approximately 90% of the equipment, including 40% purchased by Texas buyers, while international buyers from such countries as Argentina, France and Saudi Arabia purchased 10% of the equipment.

“We had a great two days down here in Houston and were very fortunate that the approaching Hurricane Laura didn’t affect our operation in any way,” Alan McVicker, regional sales manager, Ritchie Bros., said. “We had a record turnout of online bidders and consignors were very happy with the enthusiastic bidder participation and results. We had a nice mix of construction gear, material handling equipment, cranes, oilfield-related assets and a huge number of trucks, so there was really something for everyone at this auction. And that, together with the volume of bidders, resulted in strong pricing across the board.”

Equipment highlights in the Houston auction included 380+ truck tractors, 425+ trailers, 150+ boom & scissor lifts, 140+ excavators, 45+ wheel loaders 45+ dozers, and more. All items were sold without minimum bids or reserve prices.

“Thank you to all our consignors for trusting us to deliver results for your assets,” McVicker said. “For any companies looking to sell assets, we have solutions to meet every customer need, including onsite auctions, weekly online auctions, oil and gas specific events through Kruse Energy, and our Marketplace-E reserved solution.”

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