Le Mars Family Auctions Off Hundreds of Tractor Collectibles

Hundreds of pieces of antique and modern farm equipment went on the auction block this weekend.
It was a once-in-lifetime sale at the Hawkins Farm in Le Mars.
What started out as a hobby in the1970s for Dave Hawkins was a sight to see at a family auction of his collectibles.

Hawkins started his collection with his father's 1929 John Deere D tractor. Saturday that collector's item along with more than 100 tractors and 200 pieces of farming equipment were auctioned off for new homes and legacies. "Dad would be very happy. He worked a lot of years to get this collection together and put together; but on the other hand, I think he would enjoy visiting with all the people and hearing their stories and where these tractors are going to go and maybe some young man is starting his collection right here today and this is the beginning of that collection," said Hawkins' daughter Bonnie Klein. Judy Hawkins remembers those first moments and says it's been a family effort ever since to get everything to tip top shape. "I think everybody in the family has had some part in helping re-do these. It was my job to put the decals on them once they got done, but they had a lot of painting and fixing up to do before that and all the kids have helped," said Judy Hawkins, widow to the late Mr. Hawkins. That combined effort has caused what was one of the largest auctions for collectors and farmers alike. This one of a kind auction has brought together people from all over the nation and even the world, all hoping to bring home a new toy. And many bidders left winners with new treasures. "We raise vegetables and this is the perfect size tractor for what I want to do and I like the way it looks and I like John Deere and it's got some unique features. It has a factory wide front... it's a neat little tractor," said Jon Buiter, a local farmer. Now Jon and hundreds of other bidders will start their own journeys and hope to build their collections like Mr. Hawkins did nearly 40 years.
The auction cost a pretty penny for the winners.
Tractors sold from about $1,500 dollars to more than $15,000 dollars.
All the proceeds from the auction will go to the Hawkins Family.