VIDEO: Everyone gets a bargain at Bechtel auction
AN OFFSHORE mine emergency saw two enormous water pumps literally flying out of the Bechtel auction yesterday.
Out of the 266 lots listed, two of the largest items on offer were snapped up and immediately flown out to a mining site in the middle of the Pacific, where one of the mine sites had become flooded.
There were 300 people registered on the ground, as well as 90-100 bidders registered online, mostly from New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.
Most of the items were sold to people in the crowd. Guy Bultreys who lives in Gladstone bought his partner Angie Wightman a new Ford Territory after losing at his first attempt at buying a Mitsubishi.
"I think it's got the value that I've paid for it and it's automatic that's what I was after," Guy said.
"I didn't think to check before I bided for it but everything seems to be good so far."
Hassalls general manager Steve Wall said the auction had a 96% clearance. "Gladstone has an interesting buyer base, it's not like Rockhampton were we there is a bigger farmers market, here it's more industry," he said.
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9.7% of sales went to online bidders