By Erin Ballard
In a flurry of auction cries on June 9 in Mansfield under a hot sun, Alan Rietz’s entire Mopar collection was sold.
Yvette VanDerBrink of VanDerBrink Auctions estimated there were at least 3,500 people roaming Linda Rietz’s property for the auction. That’s not unusual for such a large collection, she said, but it’s still impressive.
“Oh, it was insane,” she said. “It was big.”
As a seasoned auctioneer, VanDerBrink expected large crowds to flock to the rural farm site. But she had no idea the vehicles would go for as much as they did.
“Prices were really, really high. It’s a very good thing, it did enormously well,” she said by phone on June 10
All 104 of Rietz’s vehicles sold, including a 1970 Dodge Super Bee Six Pack for $42,250. Even more impressive is that all of the vintage parts went, too, which were lined up by the hundreds on pallets in a large building.
Linda Rietz, who took over her husband’s extensive collection after he died in September, was blown away by the crowd.
“It’s like a circus or the Brown County Fair out here,” she said by phone on June 9. “They needed three of me today.”
More than 800 registered bidders were on-site for the auction that started at 9 a.m. on June 9, and there were more than 600 registered online, VanDerBrink said. She said over twenty-five states were represented, as well as Canada and Australia.
“Some of my cars are going to Alabama, Washington state, California,” Rietz said.
The auction ended by 7 p.m., but even at 9 p.m., some deals were still being buttoned up, she said.
Rietz admits she’s not particularly savvy about all the vehicles’ worth. But even she could tell things were going well when a painting her late husband had picked up for only $3 sold to a Kansas man for $3,000.
“Everybody’s saying it went great,” she said. “I had no idea, but people out there all said I did good. And they said parts and cars went for everything they should’ve gone for.”
Rietz hasn’t had much time to think about what she’ll do after the last of the vehicles is taken off the lot. But she’s more than ready to start a new chapter of her life.
“(Today), it’ll probably hit me that they’ll all be gone,” she said. “And then I’ll find something to do when it all settles down.”
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