The Ritchie Bros site at St Aubin sur Gaillon, France

The Ritchie Bros site at St Aubin sur Gaillon, France

A Ritchie Bros auction in France last week attracted more than 1,575 on-site and online bidders from more than 70 countries, which the company said was a new record for its auctions in France.

Held at its site in St Aubin sur Gaillon, France, on 3 March, the auction saw more than 1,260 equipment items, tractors and trucks sold in the one-day auction, including several items from Eiffage Travaux Publics.

Bidders participated in person at the auction site, online in real time at the Ritchie Bros website, and by proxy.

Michel Schietequatte, regional sales manager, said “Our first France auction of 2015 featured a large number of premium quality units, which helped attract our biggest crowd ever. Both in our auction theatre as well as live over the internet, we saw intense bidding competition throughout the day, resulting in strong prices across all equipment categories. We also welcomed hundreds of first-time visitors, who saw the speed and global reach of Ritchie Bros auctions first hand.”

Among the sales were four 2012 Caterpillar 773G 4 x 2 rock trucks, three of which sold for €400,000 each and one for €410,000. Then 55 articulated dump trucks, including 15 Volvo A40Fs, sold for up to €250,000 each, while 24 crawler tractors were sold, including a 2011 Caterpillar D8T that went for €325,000.

French contractor Eiffage Travaux Publics sold more than 80 heavy equipment items at the March auction.

Xavier Barthelemy, equipment director at Eiffage Travaux Publics, said, “Selling this many equipment items at once can be a challenge for any construction company, but it was needed for us with the absence of major projects in France at the moment. I was impressed to see such a big international crowd bidding on our equipment.”

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