After a big drive, we are now in Willmar, Minnesota and looking forward to Day 1 (Saturday) of the giant Mikkelson Collection Auction. We arrived just early enough this evening to stop in at the Willmar Civic Center and take a few shots of the main auction area that the crew from Rich Penn Auctions has carefully organized. I must say – It’s an impressive sight to see… The largest collection of vintage Larson Falls Flyers watercraft on the planet.
It was great to visit with our friend Paul Mikkelson and resident expert Steve Stevenson who has been on hand all week helping Paul and the crew from Rich Penn Auctions prepare for the big event. Paul Mikkelson commented “The Rich Penn Auction folks have far exceeded my expectations in every way.”
Friday’s schedule featured an all-day auction of Paul Mikkelson’s storage facility, which included many unrestored boats, over 200 outboard motors, etc. Special thanks to fellow Woody Boaters Jim Staib (from Fine Wood Boats) and Dane Anderson who attended the Friday auction and provided us with some highlights and photos from the storage auction.
Dane Anderson reported…
Texx – The storage facility was quite full and the Rich Penn crew kept things moving fast, and on schedule.
I think that Paul and the Auctioneers will be pretty pleased with the results today. I was not keeping a tally, but bidding was fast and furious. I felt that the poster art and other memorabilia items were going kind of high. The non-restored outboards also seemed to attract healthy bids right to the end of the day. The only real bargains of the day were the fiberglass runabouts. The Royal Scott boat with a nice trailer and most of a Scott outboard went for under $100.00. The rough, gray 21 foot Falls Flyer project hull brought $8000.00.
The preview for tomorrow’s event at the Willmar Civic Center was jaw dropping impressive!
Here’s a few images from the Friday storage facility auction. – Dane
Stay tuned to Woody Boater later today for highlights from Day 1 at the main Mikkelson Collection Auction.
Thanks again to reporters Jim Staib and Dane Anderson for helping us today.