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RM Sotheby’s Auburn Auction celebrates 50 years of a Labor Day tradition

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AUBURN Ind. (WPTA21) - This year marks the 50th anniversary of a annual Labor Day tradition that happens at the historic Auburn auction park. The RM Auctions brings bidders from all over the world to partake in the event.

Bidders and auctioneers expect to see over 500 diverse cars make their way across the auction block. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current guidelines set from local and state health officials, RM Auctions has made the decision to close it’s doors to the general public this year. The only individuals able to attend in person are bidders, sellers, auctioneers, staff and immediate guests. One of those car sellers who was in attendance on Thursday, was Barbra Brown. This was Barbra’s first time ever selling a car and her first time attending an auction of any kind. The car that she was selling belonged to her late husband. She told "He was here [in spirit] to help me, and that price went up because of him so he would be thrilled, just thrilled. I'm more than thrilled. That was the most exciting minute and a half I've ever had."

She says that the car had been sitting in her garage since he died 12 years ago. Brown told ABC21 that one of the representatives from RM reached out to her about the vehicle. She says that she trusted him and he helped her fix it up and get it ready for auction.

One of RM’s representatives told us that the car passed the highest of expectations and sold for double its original selling price. Brown said that it was an experience she would never forget. "I got a lot of money from my car and I’m very happy." Barbra told us.

Masks are required at the event and hand washing stations are placed around the park. Social distancing is enforced and the event is being live-streamed each day to the public and real-time bidding opportunities for bidders who did not want to attend in person.

The RM Auctions Fall event is from September 3rd thru 5th. For more information, visit

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Tony Betton Jr.

Tony Betton Jr. is the ABC21 weekend morning anchor/producer and serves as a multimedia journalist during the week. He is an Atlanta native and Georgia State University graduate. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter (@TonyBettonJrTV) and on Facebook (@TonyBettonJrNews).

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