SATURDAY sales of machinery, implements, plant, tools, reclaim, stone and timber at Skipton Auction Mart continue to be extremely well supported by both vendors and buyers alike, with almost 800 lots entered between the outdoor and indoor sections at the latest weekend fixture

Out on the yard there was plenty of choice in the larger machinery lines, when a lead price of £11,200 was recorded for a 1974 Ford 7740 dual power SL tractor, while a 2013 Toyota Hilux Invincible made £9,000, a 1994 Landrover Defender hardtop 90 £5,500 and a Case IH (DB) 1394 with loader £4,100.

Trailers sold to £4,100 for an Ifor Williams tri-axle, while £3,000 was the price paid for a 14ft Graham Edwards livestock trailer with sheep decks, a second 8ft Ifor Williams single deck livestock trailer making £1,800.

Slurry tankers sold to £2,600 for a Marshall ST 1400, while muck equipment topped at £1,200 for a Marshall Rotaspreader, grassland tackle peaking at £1,650 for a Khun 360 rowing--up machine, with a Khun 300 haybob selling for £1,350 and a McHale bale squeeze at £950.

Livestock farm equipment, including gates, crushes, feeders and more, was also in good demand. The next machinery sale is scheduled for Saturday, July 9, with sections on the yard for grassland, muck equipment, trailers and general plant and livestock implements.

Saturday Border Fine Art sales also made a welcome return after a two-and-a-half-year Covid absence, with 253 pieces on offer achieving an 84% clearance rate as both buyers and sellers travelled from far and wide to attend the sale in person, with telephone and commission bidding also in place.

Trade was better than expected as purchasers fought hard for certain highly collectible pieces, producing joint top calls of £700, another at £520, two £400-plus sales, five in the £300s, along with another five at £200-plus. The next Border Fine Art sale is scheduled for Saturday. December 10.