Over £3.1 million was spent on second hand agricultural machinery at a major auction on behalf of R C Baker Ltd, hosted by Cheffins on the 16th of December.
It included a record breaking lot. A Claas Xerion 5000 slurry tanker, which made £525,000, the highest amount paid for any second hand piece of agricultural machinery at auction.
The sale is also the highest grossing on-site sale ever hosted by Cheffins and had over 70,000 page views through its website and over 600 bidders in total take part, either online, over the telephone or at the site itself.
Hosted at the R C Baker Ltd premises in Banbury, Oxfordshire and streamed online, the auction included over 150 lots, including a fleet of John Deere tractors and various other machinery items and implements.
Highlights from the sale included £425,000 for a 2017 Vredo 7028/3 self-propelled spreader, £183,000 for a 2020 John Deere7R330, £126,000 for a 2013 Claas combine, £117,500 for a 2020 John Deere 6215R and £117,500 for a 2020 John Deere 6250R. These were offered alongside a collection of implements, including drills, cultivators, trailers, trailed tanks, muck spreaders and various other slurry equipment.
Managing director of R C Baker Ltd, Charles Baker said: “We couldn’t be happier with the result of the sale. It all came together so well and the team at Cheffins were hugely efficient and professional from start to finish. I have taken the decision to retire and spend some more time with the family, so this was a fantastic way to finish off what has been an amazing journey, growing and developing the business for nearly half a century.”
Oliver Godfrey, director at Cheffins said: “This was a standout sale and was supported worldwide, with bidders from all four corners of the UK and also from overseas joining us both online and in person. This was well-maintained equipment, and the Baker team have a fantastic reputation in the market, which directly translated into some very strong bidding across the board. This was the first time that many of these machines had been offered to the open market, and this helped to generate some real momentum in the lead up to the sale, which saw over 70,000 views online.”