Record numbers bid on equipment in unreserved Ritchie Bros. Grande Prairie auction

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GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB, April 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – More than 5,400 people from 17 countries registered to bid on CA$32 million (US$27 million) of equipment sold at an unreserved public auction in Grande Prairie, Alberta last week. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE and TSX: RBA), the world's largest industrial auctioneer, conducted the auction at its permanent auction site in Grande Prairie on April 15 & 16, 2009, setting new site records for total and online bidder registrations, as well as online sales. One in four people registered to bid in real time over the internet; online bidders purchased almost CA$11 million (US$9 million) of equipment. Among over 2,300 items sold: construction, agricultural and transportation equipment, consumer items and real estate….more at PR Newswire