AND SOLD: One of the auctioneers at the Ultimate Bloke Auction from Hassalls on Saturday.
AND SOLD: One of the auctioneers at the Ultimate Bloke Auction from Hassalls on Saturday. Blake Antrobus

Prices fly in Roma at Ultimate Bloke Auction

IT WAS a bloke’s dream come true in Roma, with more than $1million worth of drilling equipment going up on the market as part of the Ultimate Bloke Auction.

The sale, organised by Australian valuation experts Hassalls ignited a buying frenzy as drilling and construction equipment over 250 lots went up for sale, after oil exploration company Atlas Drilling went into receivership.

Director Chris Hassalls said it was a good crowd that received some great prices on the equipment.

“The equipment will be going back to those who need it the most – drilling contractors and farmers,” he said.

“Most of the gear is sold up around Chinchilla and Dalby, so it’s cost avoidance to hold the sale out here in Roma.

“There were quite a few farmers there, and they’re often taking the consumables up for sale.”

Mr Hassall said future events would likely see some of the camps and equipment around the area go up for sale from Origin.

Hassalls Australasian Sales Director Rob Alexander said the auction attracted a good crowd, and had a large quantity of converted shipping containers.

“We have more than 25 shipping containers that have been converted into accommodation units, kitchens, workshops and even ablutions,” Mr Alexander said.

“All buyers are welcome to join us on-site or via webcast. Just make sure you get a good night sleep as we’re expecting a big turnout and we expect many buyers will get some great deals.

“Our regional auctions are more than a great opportunity for buyers to secure quality equipment.”


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