Auction celebrates a Quincy familyâ??s legacy

An iconic farming and gardening Quincy business sold hundreds of pieces of its history Thursday.

Bidders ventured to Hamilton, Illinois, to see the full collection one last time before it's gone forever.

Dennis Polk traveled all the way from Warsaw, Indiana, to bid on a piece of George Keller & Sons' legacy.

"There's a lot of the signs and what have you, that I really have great interest in. It's kind of hard to find stuff in that kind of condition. So that's mainly what brought me out here," Polk said.

Advertisement signs weren't the only items up for sale. You could find antique seed bags, scales, farming tools and classic John Deere memorabilia.

Larry Davis said it's an auctioneer's dream to participate in such a rare sale.

"These manuals have â?| they're just owners and operators' manuals; much like you'd have in your car today," Davis said.

More than 500 people from across the country dropped by to hear the cattle rattle. And they spent big bucks.

"There's some literature that I hope we can get today, too,â?? Polk said. â??Some really nice literature, I bought a little bit of that. I did get three signs bought today, that I don't have any of like it."

"We've had, like I said, an excess of $3,000 for a few of the signs,â?? Davis said. â??Most of them brought between $1,800 and $3,000 and we've had at least ten of them."

Davis said one of the most anticipated items for sale was a 1931 John Deere tractor. It sold for a whooping $7,000.

"This is a rare occasion to find this quantity; this quality of collectables in one area, one auction," Davis said.

Polk dropped about $10,000, but he says you can't put a price tag on classic American history.

"My kids are going to have a good sale someday; but until then, I'll enjoy it," Polk said.

The second day of the George Keller & Sons auction will continue Friday at 909 Maine Street in Quincy.

The bidding starts at 9 a.m.

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